The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming. Between the physical pain of your injuries and concerns about how you’ll pay for your medical expenses, it is normal to feel stressed, scared, and confused. But don’t panic.
If you need medical care after a car crash, follow these tips to give yourself the best chance of healing fully from your injuries and getting the fair compensation you deserve if the crash was not your fault.
When Should I Go to the Hospital After an Accident?
Victims who suffer injuries in a crash will be transported to the emergency room for immediate medical attention.
If your injuries did not require immediate transportation to the hospital by emergency services, consider going to the emergency room or urgent care on your own. Otherwise, visit a doctor on your own as soon as possible. Some injuries have delayed symptoms and could become life-threatening if left untreated.
What to Do When You Get to the Hospital
When you get to the hospital, first make sure the hospital will accept your health insurance. Then, there are a few things you should make sure you do:
- Tell the doctors about all your symptoms. Some major injuries, such as back problems, begin with only a minor ache. Now is not the time to act tough. Describe everything that hurts anywhere on your body, no matter how minor it may seem. This will ensure you get the proper treatment for your injuries.
- Give a short explanation of the crash. Though you should be clear about what your body underwent during the crash, you should avoid talking about the cause of the crash and who you think is at fault.
- Be careful what you sign. You will be asked to sign a mountain of paperwork when you go into the hospital. Be sure not to sign anything without reading it thoroughly first. Make sure the hospital will accept your insurance.
After you are discharged from the emergency room, follow all of the doctor’s orders to the letter. You will likely need to make follow-up appointments with your primary care physician in order to continue your treatment.
When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
Contact a lawyer to discuss your rights as soon as possible – even while you are still in the hospital. Lawyers are a valuable resource and can help you understand what actions you are eligible to take to protect yourself and your family after a serious injury crash.
Insurance companies are infamous for attempting to underpay claims. A lawyer can investigate the details of your case, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to seek the full amount you need to pay your bills and rebuild your life. If the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly, your lawyer could take them to court to seek the money you deserve.
The longer you wait to contact an attorney, the more difficult it will be for them to help you. Crucial evidence may disappear, and the statute of limitations will draw nearer, after which you will be unable to file a claim at all. For these reasons, contact a lawyer as soon as you feel able.