By: Whalen Hersh
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Going to the ER After a Car Accident
If you’re involved in a car accident, you should go to the emergency room immediately after the crash to be evaluated for possible injury. There are many types of injuries you could suffer as a result of a car accident, some of which aren’t sudden and obvious but rather might only be detected or identified by a qualified, trained medical professional. The ER staff will need to know the facts of how the accident took place and will conduct a physical examination to determine if you have suffered any injuries followed by some preliminary medical imaging like x-rays. Millions of people visit emergency rooms after car accidents every year, with a variety of injuries including neck, back, shoulder, knee, hip, other orthopedic injuries and sometime internal injuries.
What Will Likely Happen at the Emergency Room
The hospital emergency room has equipment and medical personnel who can run tests, take x-rays, CAT scans, and use their medical expertise to determine the extent of any injuries you suffer in an accident. If there is any question about your health or safety, the emergency room staff will likely recommend you stay overnight for observation and not leave the hospital until they are fairly confident you’re in stable condition. Many times, the adrenaline your body releases after an accident can mask symptoms of an injury. Even if you do not have a life-threatening injury, you should still have an emergency room physician check you out. Car accidents happen fast with incredible force, impact and trauma. The statements you make will be documented along with the medical findings and test results. You should be careful to take note of, and mention, anywhere you feel pain or if you are experiencing any unusual symptoms. Once discharged from the ER, you need to understand that you have only been cleared for immediate traumatic injury that may require admitted hospitalization and possibly trauma surgery. Most car accident injuries can have symptoms that develop over time and must be further investigated and identified through MRIs – this is common in orthopedic and spinal injuries. Just because an x-ray doesn’t show any fractures, this doesn’t mean you are in the clear. When you leave the ER, you will need to follow up with your primary care doctor and likely do some precautionary physical therapy. After PT, you likely need and MRI before you are reasonably discharged from care.
Delaying medical attention could potentially hurt any personal injury claim you wish to file with an insurance company in order to be compensated for any medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. By not seeking immediate medical attention after an accident, an insurance company could claim that your injuries were not that serious and could deny your claim. After a car accident, you have the right to:
- Receive ongoing medical treatment
- Get compensated for all your medical bills related to the accident
- Be reimbursed for lost wages or earnings
- Any assistive equipment necessary for activities of daily living
- Receive compensation for mental, emotional, and physical pain and suffering
- Emotional support such as therapy or counseling
- Compensation for lost future earnings
- Compensation for future medical expenses and treatment
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Permanent Impairment
Delaying needed medical treatment could also adversely affect your health in the long term and may have long term effects on your overall condition and wellbeing. If the accident which caused your injury is not your fault, or if your insurance company is refusing to pay for your accident-related health care or other costs, you should call a personal injury attorney. Whalen Hersh exclusively represents clients against large insurance companies and big corporations in personal injury matters. Our firm has successfully represented many accident victims over the years, winning millions in personal injury case settlements. Our personal injury attorneys aren’t afraid to fight large insurance companies to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
We’re proud to be one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys, 5280 Top Attorneys in Colorado, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. We take on the fight for a fair settlement so you can focus on getting the treatment you need to heal from your injuries and move on with your life.
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The Whalen Hersh team will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. Our main goal is to establish a direct, meaningful, trusted and reliable relationship with you and secure a settlement that is fair and reasonable. Our personal injury lawyers will work closely with you to make sure that you are sufficiently compensated for any loss you suffer as a result of a personal injury. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options.
You can reach our Denver injury attorneys at (720) 307-2666. Our offices are located in the Denver Tech Center at 7955 East Arapahoe Court, Suite 2375, Centennial, CO 80112, and in Colorado Springs in the Alamo Corporate Center, conveniently located at 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 1100, (719) 644-7000. We look forward to working with you.