You should go to the hospital after a car accident even if you are not hurt. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine research, our bodies react to stress by producing a surge in adrenaline, which could initially make you feel like you are not hurt even if you are.
Because the adrenaline your body produces in response to stress might initially mask injuries, you should seek immediate medical attention after a car accident. Doing so can confirm whether or not you are hurt. You may have injuries that are not visible, or your symptoms may not be apparent immediately after the accident occurs.
Seeking medical care can also help you establish a record of your injuries and connect them to the collision. A personal injury lawyer from our firm might be able to help you prove the cause and severity of your injuries using your medical records so you can seek compensation for your medical bills from the at-fault driver.
Some injuries you sustain in a car accident might be immediately visible, including cuts, scrapes, scars, broken bones, and any other injury that breaks your skin or leaves visible bruising. The police at the scene of the accident can summon emergency medical technicians to treat these injuries or to transport you to the nearest hospital by ambulance.
You might also sustain injuries that are not readily visible after a car accident. If you notice aches, pains, or other injury symptoms in the days that follow the collision, see your doctor or go to the emergency room right away. Car accident injuries that may take time to become apparent include:
- Internal bleeding
After you seek medical care, carefully track all injury-related medical expenses. Start a file to collect any medical bills that arrive at your home after the accident. We may use this file along with your medical records to prove the cause and cost of your injuries when preparing your case and negotiating a financial settlement.
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Track the Cost of Treating Your Car Accident Injuries
The medical care you require after a car accident might be costly and extensive. If our legal team is able to prove your injuries occurred because of the at-fault driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for these medical expenses.
Your medical care may include:
- Initial treatment and stabilization
- Diagnostic tests and procedures
- Intravenous and prescription medications
- Necessary surgical procedures
- Assistive devices
- Therapy and rehabilitation
If you require medical or domestic help at home because of your car accident injuries, these costs might be recoverable, as well. In addition to your medical care costs, the at-fault driver might also be required to compensate you for income loss, property damage, and pain and suffering. We can go over the damages in your case and help you determine how much and what kind of compensation to seek.
Calculating Non-Economic Car Accident Damages
Because non-economic damages do not have the fixed price tag of economic damages, they may be difficult to value on your own. Your non-economic recoverable damages may include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Disability or impairment
- Mental and emotional trauma
Non-economic damages might also include loss of society, companionship, and consortium. Our firm can guide you through the process of defining and valuing your non-economic damages when assigning a monetary amount to your lawsuit.
File Your Compensation Lawsuit Right Away
Because filing a lawsuit is a time-sensitive endeavor, you should seek representation sooner rather than later. With early involvement, our team can:
- Ensure compliance with the statute of limitations in your state
- Interview witnesses while accident details are fresh
- Conduct an independent investigation, if needed
- Have time to negotiate for a favorable monetary settlement
Do not wait to seek medical attention or legal help if you hope to collect damages from the at-fault driver.
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Get Compensation for Necessary Medical Care After a Car Accident
You should go to the hospital after a car accident even if you do not feel hurt to ensure you do not have hidden injuries. Getting prompt medical care might also ensure any treatments you require are included in your case for damages. When you are ready to seek compensation for your medical costs and other car accident damages, contact our team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (337) 777-7777.
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