Why It’s Important to Go to the ER After an Auto Accident
When injuries occur in auto accidents, many people aren’t sure if they should take an immediate ride in the ambulance, wait until their own primary care doctor has an available appointment, or first get permission from the insurance company to see a doctor. Because most accident victims have many questions surrounding medical care following auto accidents, we would like to take this opportunity to answer some of these frequent questions, such as:
- Do I need to call for an ambulance and go to the emergency room after a car accident? It is very important to your health and well-being, and also to your potential personal injury claim, to take a ride in the ambulance if you have suffered any type of injury in an accident. The ambulance will transport you to the nearest hospital so you can get a medical evaluation done as quickly as possible. While some injuries suffered in a traffic collision may only be minor, you may have no way of knowing the extent of your injuries without a thorough medical examination. The benefit of going to the ER is that doctors have access to x-rays, MRIs, ultrasound, and CT scans in order to better diagnose your injuries.
- Should I wait to see my primary doctor instead of going to the ER? Many people don’t want to wait long hours in the ER or pay the price tag that comes along with an emergency room visit; however, it is critical to your health that you seek immediate care following a crash, especially if you feel even an ounce of pain. If you don’t think you have injuries or pain that warrants a trip to the ER, you should still call your doctor to have a medical examination done as soon as possible.
- Do I need to call my auto insurance or the other driver’s insurance company to get permission to see a doctor for injuries related to the accident? Insurance companies aren’t going to give you permission to see a doctor. They know that if they help you seek medical treatment, it is possible it will strengthen your car accident claim. Because they are in business to make money, they aren’t going to even suggest that you should see a doctor after a collision. When you don’t see a doctor, or if you delay getting medical treatment, your claim can be devalued and you can hurt your claim significantly.
- What do I do when I don’t have health insurance? There are plenty of doctors who will work with the auto insurance or take payment for your medical treatment once your legal case is settled. We can help you find a medical provider who will treat your injury and accept payment at the end of your case.
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