Should I Go to the Emergency Room After an Accident?

Should I Go to the Emergency Room After an Accident

Accidents typically happen out of nowhere and once they’re over, you may be in shock and unsure of what to do next. If you’ve experienced minor injuries or no injuries at all, you may feel that it’s safe to go home to rest and recover from what you’ve been through. While this may be a tempting option, it’s always a good idea to be assessed by a medical professional after an accident or any time you experience pain.

The main reason why you should seek medical attention after an accident is that even if you don’t have any serious symptoms or injuries now, they can show up or worsen in the hours or days following an accident. Whether you were in a car accident or have slipped and fallen, chances are you may be experiencing an adrenaline rush, which can limit the amount of pain you’re experiencing.

Once the adrenaline wears off, it may be the first time you realize you’re injured. A headache, for example, may seem like a minor inconvenience now, but it could also be a sign of a more serious injury like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can permanently impair your cognitive or functional abilities if left undiagnosed. Some symptoms following an accident that can be indicators of a more serious injury include:

  • Loss or altered sensations like the ability to feel heat, cold, and touch, which can be symptoms of a spinal cord injury
  • Headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, trouble speaking coherently, and confusion and disorientation, all of which signify a traumatic brain injury that can impact your ability to think, learn, and process
  • Limited range of motion in an area of your body, which can be an indication of a joint injury

Increase Your Chances of Securing Compensation

Seeking medical treatment following your accident is important if you want a chance of filing a personal injury claim successfully. In order to hold negligent parties like drivers, property owners, and other entities responsible, you must be able to prove that their actions directly caused your injuries and damage.

To prove this, having evidence of your injuries and treatment is necessary. Our attorneys often need to gather evidence that includes medical records and documents taken by your medical professional, as well as any receipts or bills so we can calculate how much you deserve to receive in compensation.

Additionally, if you wait too long before seeking treatment, this allows at-fault parties and their insurance companies to undermine your claim by arguing that your injury was a preexisting condition that wasn’t connected to the accident. The sooner you seek help, the more likely you are to win your case.

Guiding Clients After Accidents

With over a century of combined experience handling personal injury cases, our attorneys can be trusted to put our knowledge and skills to work for you when you hire us. We have been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for our successes in and out of the courtroom and our dedication to serving our clients.

We have the drive to make sure our clients receive the maximum amount of financial compensation available under the law, and we never accept less than what you deserve in your case. Negligent drivers should be held responsible for their actions, and you should be able to heal without worrying about paying medical bills, property damage, or making up for lost wages.

Call the attorneys at Wood Craig Miller, LLC at , or contact us online for quality legal representation after an accident. We prioritize your needs and strive to work closely with our clients to achieve optimal results.


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