Car accidents occur with unfortunate frequency in Greater Atlanta. While some are only minor fender benders with no injuries, many are serious enough to send victims to the hospital. Here, The Champion Firm explains what to do when you get to the hospital after an accident.
When to Go to the Hospital After an Accident
The general rule is that every person should always seek a thorough medical exam after any car accident. This is true even when they do not at first believe that they are hurt.
Not all injuries show immediate symptoms. Some symptoms may be delayed, but a doctor can often identify these injuries and ensure that you receive the proper medical care.
What to Do and Say When You Get to the Hospital
When medical staff asks you about your injuries, be sure they clearly understand that you were in a car crash. Describe to them what happened to your body during the accident. For example, let them know if your head hit the windshield or if your neck was jerked forward and backward by the force of the crash.
Tell the medical professionals about each and every ache and pain you feel. You want to have every single area covered, even when something might not seem to be an area of primary concern at the moment. Don’t let the seemingly lesser injury fall by the wayside.
You will want to be involved in discussions about your prognosis and treatment. Do not hesitate to ask about anything that is unclear to you as it relates to your future care.
If you are prescribed any medications, make sure you discuss the recommended dosages with your physician to avoid any possible adverse events.
When to Call a Lawyer
You should contact an attorney to represent you as soon as you can after a car crash. Insurance companies will frequently contact victims right after accidents in an attempt to minimize what they have to pay out on a claim.
An insurance company may make a quick lump sum offer. The initial amount offered by an insurer is almost always much less than what the victim is actually entitled to. People who are overwhelmed with medical bills may panic and accept the settlement offer.
A skilled attorney will be able to conduct a thorough independent investigation of your crash to determine all liable parties and then pursue a fair and full settlement to your case. If the insurance company refuses to provide adequate compensation, then we can file a lawsuit to pursue your case in court.
How Can The Champion Firm Help Me?
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a car accident in Atlanta? Be sure to seek medical treatment and contact an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
The Champion Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C., has recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including $2.06 million for the family of a man killed as a passenger in a left-turn accident. We can review your case as soon as you call us or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
About the Author
The Champion Firm is a full-service personal injury law firm serving the greater Metro Atlanta area. Our award-winning team of attorneys specializes in car accidents, wrongful death, premises liability, and slip-and-fall cases. Learn more about our team here.