When you’re injured in an auto accident, it’s important that you seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if you feel like you’re fine, some injuries can take days or weeks to manifest. Getting prompt medical help will ensure that you’ve covered all your bases. This is important if you need to file an insurance claim or lawsuit later.
Visiting the emergency room can be a stressful and scary experience, even if you feel okay. Here are some tips on how to handle your visit. This will help you get the care you need and avoid damaging your case.
- Choose your words carefully: Even minor accidents can send victims into shock. When you describe your accident to the nurses and doctors, keep it as short and simple as possible. If those professionals are called to testify on your behalf, you want to ensure that there’s no possibility of mistaking, confusing or twisting your words.
- Clearly state your symptoms and pain levels: Similarly, when describing your symptoms and pain levels, be clear and concise. Don’t leave any medical information out—your doctors need a complete picture of the potential damage.
- Be cautious about signing forms: Read all forms carefully before you sign them, especially if you’re consenting to treatment or signing something for insurance purposes. If you’re unable to comprehend what you’re asked to sign, have a trusted person explain it to you.
- Ask for further written instructions: After the doctors clear you to go home, ask them to provide further written instructions for your medical care. Follow their instructions exactly, and save the documents. These can be very helpful when you file an insurance claim or lawsuit.
- Don’t panic about high medical bills: Emergency room visits are expensive, even when you have insurance. The hospital will prioritize the best care possible, rather than cost-saving measures. You may receive an unexpectedly high bill after your accident. Don’t panic, even if that number contains five digits. Your lawyer will help you recoup the money from your insurance company or a lawsuit against the defendant. They may also be able to help you negotiate the bills down.
In severe accidents, the victim may be unconscious or not lucid enough to talk to doctors and sign papers. If that’s your experience, don’t worry: your attorney will understand, and fight to get the best possible outcome.
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