Car accidents are very stressful experiences. In the immediate aftermath, you may be unsure of what to do, who to talk to, what to say, where to go, and what information to collect. Try to remain as calm as possible and follow these steps to protect your health and your legal rights during your hospital visit.
When to Go to the Hospital After an Accident
If your car accident injuries are severe or life-threatening, you will be immediately transported to the emergency room following an accident. If you are unsure whether your injuries are severe, err on the side of caution and go directly to the hospital.
If your injuries appear to be less severe, you may be able to remain on scene to collect vital information before seeking medical attention.
Once you are finished at the accident scene, seek medical attention, even if you do not believe at first that you were hurt. Some injuries caused by collisions take time to present themselves. These injuries could prove to be life-threatening if left untreated.
What to Do When You Get to the Hospital
Once in the hands of doctors and nurses, explain all of your symptoms in detail. Nothing is too minor to describe. If you fail to mention a small ache, you may not be treated for what turns out to be a major issue. Now is not the time to act tough.
Be sure the medical professionals are aware that you were involved in a crash. Describe to them in detail what happened to your body during the crash. For example, tell them if your chest was slammed into the steering wheel or if your head struck the car’s roof pillar.
If possible, take notes over your meetings with doctors and nurses. Their recommended treatments and prescriptions will likely be written down, but having a record of conversations with professionals will help you recall the hospital visit, if necessary later.
When to Call a Lawyer
You should seek legal help as soon as possible, whether from the hospital or from the site of the accident itself. If you or a loved one were significantly injured, it is especially important for you to talk to an attorney as soon as you can.
Since the first and most important priority for insurance companies is profit, most insurance adjusters will attempt to pay claimants as little as possible after a crash. A lawyer will be vital to help you get every penny you deserve after a car accident.
How Can Demas Law Group Help Me?
The Demas Law Group will walk you through the steps to take after a car accident, as well as provide advice on how to pursue the compensation you deserve. We will investigate the accident, look at police and medical records, negotiate with other parties, and represent you in court if necessary.
To learn more about what we can do for you after a car accident, contact us today by phone or online for a free claim review and advice about your best legal options.