If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in the Philadelphia area, you may be wary of going to the hospital for your personal injuries. An ambulance may be dispatched to the scene without your knowledge, though. Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile Jr. reveals why it may be in your best interest to take a ride to closest Bucks County emergency room.
Going to the hospital after a Bucks County auto accident is often a good idea. You may not think your injuries warrant a hospital trip, but you could be wrong. The pain from injuries such as whiplash and other muscle injuries may not surface for several days or weeks. You could also be in a state of shock in the aftermath of an accident or try to downplay the severity of your injuries.
If you don’t get medical treatment and official documentation of your injury, it will be very hard to file an personal injury claim and get fair compensation. The insurance company may argue that if you waited any significant amount of time to see a physician, you may have aggravated your injury. This may result in either a lesser settlement or no settlement at all.
When you arrive at the emergency room following an auto accident in the Philadelphia area, your experience will vary depending on your type of injury. If you have been severely injured, you may be rushed into emergency surgery to repair a shattered bone or to close an open wound. If your injuries are less severe, you may sign in and then wait for an unspecified amount of time to see a doctor.
The type of doctor you see will also depend on your type and severity of injury. You may need to see several specialists before being diagnosed. These specialists will most likely include a radiologist to perform x-rays or ultrasounds as well as MRIs or CAT scans. These tests may be used to diagnose several common auto accident injuries, such as broken bones and spinal injuries. If any tests are administered for your injury, it is important to have copies of the results sent to your family doctor.
After diagnosis, you will most likely be prescribed muscle relaxers, pain killers and given discharge instructions. These instructions are meant to guide you through the first few days of recovery, but it is recommended that you make an appointment with your family doctor as soon as possible after returning home from the hospital.
If you’ve been injured in a Philadelphia area auto accident, contact the experienced PA personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Conveniently located in Lower Bucks County, PA, we offer a FREE personal injury consultation as well as a FREE copy of our PA Car Accident Book.