Car accidents happen on a daily basis in the Atlanta metro area. While vehicle crashes are certainly capable of causing extremely severe injuries that require emergency medical attention, in most car accident cases, victims are able to walk away without a trip to the ER.
This is not to say that people do not sustain serious injuries in these less-than-catastrophic accidents, however. Victims who do not need emergency medical attention may still suffer from injuries such as whiplash, concussions, and serious soft tissue injuries. For this reason, they need to protect their rights by seeking medical attention and calling an Atlanta car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
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If you have found yourself in this situation, you may be wondering whether you should seek medical attention or see your doctor, and the answer is unquestionably “yes.”
First and foremost, it is important to see your doctor so that your injuries are correctly diagnosed and that you start treatment as soon as you can. In many cases, the earlier you start treatment, the better your outcome will be. In addition, there are certain “hidden” injuries, like internal bleeding, that can become life-threatening if they are not quickly addressed.
Secondly, seeing a doctor and obtaining a medical record is vital to getting the compensation to which you are entitled under the law. Insurance companies will do anything they can to minimize your settlement offer or deny your claim, and a lack of documentation is a great starting point for them to do either. For this reason, you should always see a doctor after an accident, even if you are certain that your injuries will heal without treatment. In addition, you should be sure to keep up with your treatment and attend all follow-up appointments, as insurance companies can also use a failure to do so in their favor.
What if I Can’t Pay for Treatment?
You may be wondering how you are going to pay for medical treatment, especially if you are uninsured or your treatment is going to exceed your policy limits. Fortunately for car accident victims, there are medical providers that will provide accident victims with treatment without expecting immediate payment if they are able to place a lien on any settlement or judgment victims will obtain in the future. Similarly, there are lenders that will provide victims with loans to cover their personal expenses while their case is pending in the same way. An experienced car accident lawyer in Atlanta can connect you with these and other resources that will allow you to obtain treatment and cover your expenses while you wait for your case to be resolved.
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If you have been injured in a car accident, there are certain steps you should take to protect your rights. Once you’ve ensured your injuries are addressed and diagnosed, you should retain a lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule your free case evaluation with an attorney, call our office today at 888.474.9616, or contact us online.