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Medical Treatment After a Car Accident

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Date12 Jan 2019
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Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Washington, DC

In minor car accidents, it can be challenging to determine if you should seek medical attention. This may especially be the case of you are only experiencing minor pain or symptoms. Despite this, it’s important that accident victims seek medical attention to ensure that they receive the treatment they need. Accidents that are more severe may result in emergency services arriving at the scene, which may result in a visit to the emergency room. If you have been injured in a car accident, it’s not only important that you seek medical attention, but also the help of an attorney should you choose to pursue your case.

Emergency Services

In many situations involving car accident, emergency services may be contacted and dispatched to the scene. If anyone has been harmed in the car accident, EMS should be contacted immediately. If you are unable to make this call, ask someone nearby to make it for you. At the scene, emergency services will:

  • Assess the scene visually by observing the accident and the victims to determine the best course of action. They may take the time to observe the damage that has been done to the vehicle such as a broken windshield or deployed airbag prior to administering medical treatment.  
  • Establish verbal and visual contact with the victims in order to assess injuries.
  • Evaluate the patient for signs that they are able to breathe. EMT’s will continue to assess this throughout.
  • Administer a “C Collar” to the victim
  • Making space to access the patient and/or extract them from the vehicle. This may require using tools to cut away anything that may be in the way.
  • EMTs will transition patients to the ambulance for transport to the emergency room department at the hospital.

Although the need for this may be obvious when faced with a serious accident, accessing this course of treatment even in less severe situations may be optimal. Taking the time to at least be evaluated at the scene by a medical provider can help to ensure that the proper treatment for injuries is administered. Declining treatment at the scene only to later realize that you have experienced an injury from the car accident can make it difficult to collect damages for your injuries.

It’s Important Not to Wait

After a car accident, some victims choose to bypass medical care. This can be tempting for people, especially for those who do not appear to have any immediate injuries. It’s not uncommon to think that you are fine, especially if you didn’t appear to have any immediate injuries at the time of the accident. Many will want to try their best to go about their day. There are many reasons that you should get checked out by a medical professional right away:

  1. It’s important that you put your health above all else that you have going on. Although you may want to avoid this, doing so can ensure that there are no underlying issues that have yet to present themselves.
  2. Some of the most severe injuries can go unnoticed.
  3. The longer you take to seek medical attention, the more challenging it may be to collect compensation for your damages. This can make it incredibly difficult to prove that your injuries were in fact due to the car accident you were in.

Keep clear documentation of your injuries. If you begin to notice problems following an accident, take the time to write down your symptoms. This may help in proving a correlation between the pain you are experiencing and the car accident.

Have you recently been injured in a car accident? Did you experience a delay in symptoms? If this has been the case for you, contacting a motor vehicle accident lawyer Washington, DC relies on at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. may be the best place to start. Just because you didn’t have injuries immediately after an accident doesn’t mean you should walk away just yet. A car accident attorney may be able to help you collect compensation for your losses.

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