Does it make sense to go to the hospital post-accident? Going through a vehicle accident in and of itself is bad enough. If you are injured, you need to see an accident doctor immediately and if you’re at the scene of the accident and unsure of the severity of your injuries, you need to go to the emergency room. Waiting too long to get help is never a good idea because injuries after a car wreck require documentation.
Furthermore, depending on the severity of your injuries, the opportunity to go to the hospital and get help from an experienced physician immediately could increase your chances of getting an official diagnosis and engaging in treatment right away. Waiting too long can make the symptoms much worse and could decrease your chances of a full recovery.
Doctors may need to run a battery of tests in order to determine what is wrong with you. Not going to the hospital or waiting for some time might seem like the easy thing to do, particularly if you’re not yet sure whether or not your injuries are serious. However, if this ultimately evolves into a personal injury claim and you need to recover compensation for the costly medical expenses, it is good to indicate that you not only visited the hospital and your doctor immediately after the accident happened, but continue to follow up with other necessary treatments and requirements as stipulated by those doctors.
This shows to the insurance company and anyone you have to take a personal injury lawsuit against that you took your care seriously and that the injuries are indeed catastrophic. If you don’t go to the hospital, you could miss the chance to get treatment immediately. Insurance companies might also question why you did not go to the hospital after such a serious accident.
It is not the end of your personal injury case if you did not get medical help immediately but discovered your accident injuries after the fact. However, it is much easier to have a better understanding of what is involved in these situations by getting help from an experienced doctor immediately. Your doctor can give you a course of action and a better understanding of how your injuries might evolve and potentially heal over time.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines