If you were in an auto accident, chances are you were not thinking clearly in the immediate aftermath. Emotions are high and there is little time to think about your options. So when someone asked you if you need an ambulance, it might have been hard to decide.
In this article, we will discuss:
- Whether you should take an ambulance after a wreck.
- How your healthcare after the wreck may affect a potential legal claim.
- What to do if you already declined the ambulance at the scene.
Whatever your circumstances, if you were in an accident, talk to an attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC about filing a car accident claim if another driver is at fault. Call us at 215-642-2335.
When should I take an ambulance after a car accident?
If you suffered a head or brain injury, experience pain or tightness, notice swelling somewhere on your body, or otherwise don’t feel right after the wreck, take the ambulance.
This gives you access to the medical care you need right away, which could be critical, especially if you suffered a serious brain injury, are experiencing internal bleeding, or otherwise need emergent care.
When you call 9-1-1 after the wreck, request an ambulance. If somebody else is calling, make sure they tell the operator that you need emergency care.
What if I already declined the ambulance at the scene?
A car accident can lead to high levels of adrenaline, potentially masking symptoms of injuries. That’s why you hear stories of people who didn’t feel pain or any symptoms at the scene, but later start to experience tightness, pain, and other symptoms.
If you did not feel you needed an ambulance, make sure you get medical attention as soon as possible. If you feel pain and tightness or other symptoms after your wreck, get a friend or family member to take you to the emergency room for an evaluation and treatment.
If you do not feel pain, it is still important to seek medical care. Set up an appointment with your primary care physician for an evaluation. Tell him or her you were in a wreck and explain any symptoms you do feel.
Some symptoms might not appear right away, so make sure you schedule an examination even if you feel perfectly fine after the accident.
How could whether I seek medical care affect a potential legal claim?
When you file a claim after a car accident, the adjuster will consider whether your injuries are related to the car accident. If you wait too long to seek medical care, an adjuster might claim that your injuries are not related to the accident – that you suffered them after the fact. Or the adjuster might argue that your injuries are not as severe as you are claim.
Taking an ambulance, seeking care at an emergency room, or seeing your doctor shortly after the wreck for an examination helps create a record linking the accident to your injuries. You may be able to use those medical records to:
- Establish that you suffered injuries
- Prove the injuries are related to the accident (causation)
- Prove the extent of your injuries and, thus, your damages
So whether you seek care via an ambulance at the scene, go to the emergency room after the wreck, or set up an exam with your doctor shortly after, make sure you get care. It is important to your health as well as any potential legal claims.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC for Help after a Car Accident
The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you file your auto accident case and secure compensation for the damages you suffered. If you were in an auto accident, our attorneys will fight to recover the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 215-642-2335 to discuss your case today.