The type of doctor you should see after a car accident depends on the extent, severity, and location of your injuries. No matter what, however, be sure to seek medical attention after being involved in a car accident.
Seeking treatment not only allows a doctor to provide you with medical care, but it also will begin a paper trail that can later be used to prove your case. This can be useful if you choose to pursue compensation through a car accident claim or lawsuit.
Injuries That Require Prompt Medical Treatment
Car accidents can result in all kinds of serious—even life-threatening—injuries. Some common injuries from car accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord and nerve damage
- Internal injuries
- The loss of one or more limbs
As noted, the type of doctor you see after a car accident will depend on the details of your condition. For instance, if you suffered a broken bone, you should see an orthopedic doctor. If you need stitches, you can visit the emergency room or an urgent care center.
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How a Doctor Can Help You After Being Involved in a Collision
As noted, visiting a doctor will do more than protect your physical and emotional state; doing so will also provide vital information for your car accident case.
Here is what you can expect when you visit a healthcare provider:
Your Doctor Will Treat You And Your Loved Ones
First and foremost, your doctor will offer you treatment for your injuries. Your health and safety are of the utmost priority after an accident.
Sometimes, the adrenaline and shock of the accident will make you think that you are not severely injured and that you do not need to seek medical care. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should still seek treatment after you are involved in a crash.
Your Doctor Can Refer You to Specialists
If your injuries require specialized care, your doctor can refer you to a qualified professional. Depending on the details of your condition, you may require a variety of medical treatments, including the following:
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Mental health counseling
- Specialized medical testing, like imaging scans and blood tests
These treatments may be necessary for your recovery after an accident, but the medical bills that come along with them can pile up. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation to offset these costs.
Your Doctor Will Document Your Injuries
Every time you go to your doctor, it gets documented and included in your official medical records. This is important for protecting your health and your rights.
Part of your legal case for compensation is proving that you were, in fact, injured in the accident. Your medical records can prove when you got hurt, the severity of your injuries, and the medical treatments you required as a result.
The amount of damages you can recover through a lawsuit or claim may be impacted by this information, so it is important to go to the doctor to obtain these pieces of evidence.
How Our Law Firm Will Help You After a Collision
Your lawyer can use the information you get from your doctor as evidence to build your car accident case. We will investigate your accident to collect evidence of “negligence,” which is behavior that fails to meet the level of normal prudence.
Then, we will use this evidence along with your medical records to advocate on your behalf.
Your Lawyer Will Build Your Case
We will find useful evidence like photographs, CCTV footage, witness statements, and police reports. Then, we will build your case into something we believe can win you the compensation you are owed.
Your Lawyer Will Negotiate on Your Behalf
Insurance companies may try to pay you less than the amount you are owed. They are a business looking out for their bottom line – not for your best interests.
Our law firm works for you, not the insurance companies. We will negotiate with them on your behalf to get you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after you are injured in a car accident.
That way, you can put your energy into where it belongs: recovering with your family instead of dealing with insurance adjusters, bureaucracy, and paperwork. Let us handle the headache for you.
Your Lawyer Will Fight for What You Are Owed in Civil Court
If necessary, we will take your case to court. We are trial lawyers who will not back down when the going gets tough. We mean business, and insurance companies know this.
However, time is limited when it comes to filing a lawsuit in civil court. Per OCGA §9-3-33, you generally have two years to bring your case to court in Georgia. Failure to do so could result in the inability to pursue damages, as explained by the American Bar Association (ABA).
We will advocate for you and your family before a judge or jury, if necessary.
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