If you have been involved in an auto accident, it’s advisable to seek immediate medical attention. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need to go to the emergency room. While going to the emergency room may seem simple, the events in the room can adversely affect your case if you decide to take legal action against the driver at fault.
It’s important to note that your case may be affected by simple things like what you do on arrival and what you say to the doctors. Here are a few things to note about going to the emergency room after an accident.
Although standard emergency rooms contain medical equipment like CAT scans and X-rays to run tests, you need to inform the doctors of all your injuries. People often overlook minor injuries, which adversely affect their case if they decide to file a lawsuit.
The minor injuries you ignore could become severe later and bring in more complications. You may not receive compensation for treating injuries that were not immediately diagnosed after an accident.
Keep all statements about the injuries straight to the point. Going into detail about the accident may hurt your personal injury case. Your doctors are only interested in treating your injuries, so make sure you provide concise statements.
The doctors in the emergency room will probably ask you to sign some documents before you get discharged. It’s crucial to fully understand these documents before you put your signature on the dotted line. It’s also prudent to contact a car accident attorney before completing any paperwork with your insurance company.
Although you might have already identified your injuries, seeking follow-up treatment if you are still injured allows you to begin your road to recovery and minimize the long-term effects of the accident. Seeking follow-up treatment only if necessary allows you to recover from hidden injuries, emotional trauma, and other mental conditions.
If you fail to get follow-up treatment, the party at fault or the insurance company may argue that your injuries weren’t that severe or that you failed to properly treat your injuries. This could hurt a personal injury lawsuit or reduce the compensation you receive.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, it’s in your best interests to seek the services of an auto accident attorney. The lawyer will offer the legal advice and representation you need throughout the process.
At Laureti & Associates, we have years of experience helping car accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. Our San Diego car accident attorneys will aggressively defend your rights to the last minute. Schedule a consultation with us to learn how we can help you recover the rightful compensation.
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