Don't Take Chances When it Comes to Serious Car Accidents - Go to the Emergency Room

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Going to the emergency room if you're hurt after an accident is a must

After a serious car accident the injuries can be more severe than you know. So it's important to get a health care provider to check you out.

Injuries often become worse a few days or even a week after the accident. If you're hurt and shaken up the adrenaline may be rushing and you may not feel 'that bad' right after the accident or when you're still at the scene of the accident. However, the next day you may wake up in serious pain. That's why it is important to go to the emergency room and to do so soon after the accident. Get a family member or someone on the scene to take you if you have to, but make sure you go.

Going to the emergency room after an accident is also very important for your legal case. If you don't go to the emergency room right away, you run the risk of appearing to not have been injured at all because of the accident since  you don't have an immediate medical tie to the accident. This may make your injury harder to prove later on, which may affect how much compensation you receive. It's very important to take the time to at least check at a local healthcare provider after an accident, to see if there are any broken bones or internal injuries.

Don't take the chance -- take care of yourself and get help!

If you have to go to the ER because of someone's negligence, then they should be responsible for your emergency room treatment. Let's say the accident was caused by the other person, and they were engaging in distracted driving, like:

1) Texting while driving, or otherwise being on the phone while driving

2) Driving under the influence of drugs

3) Not obeying rules of the road or traffic signs

Not only is the other driver responsible for the emergency room visit, but they also are responsible for the rest of your treatment. This includes hospital charges, charges from specialists who treated you, and any tests, like x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans that are now necessary only because you were in an accident where it was someone else's fault.

However, and this is important, they don't pay until your treatment is complete.

Payment for your medical treatment eventually comes out of settlement, which means that you will need to pay for your treatment out of pocket and get reimbursed when your treatment is complete. This is why it is crucial to keep track of all of your medical records, payments, and explanations of benefits while you are in treatment. Not sure how to do that? Call us at 202-393-3320 to speak to someone who can help you get started today.

It is their responsibility to pay, and having a great lawyer is the first step in getting the compensation you now need and deserve. Click here to request our free personal injury lawyer evaluation so that you know all the right questions to ask when looking for a lawyer for your case.

If you have been in an accident that was caused by another driver in the DC metro area, please give us a call today at 202-393-3320. Studies have shown that when you have an experienced attorney working on your side, you're more likely to get a favorable settlement. Let us help you get what you rightfully deserve.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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