Many of you have probably read our article on what to do after being injured in an auto accident. Clearly, your foremost concern should be seeking the appropriate medical treatment. Sometimes, rising health care costs and associated health insurance premiums discourage people from seeking medical care. However, victims of auto accidents often sustain significant injuries that must be evaluated and treated by a qualified doctor. In addition to the obvious health benefits, seeking better care can also improve your injury claim.
Steps to Be Taken After an Atlanta Car Accident
First, don’t wait to be examined by a doctor! Although you may not be bleeding or have any obvious broken bones, you should always see a medical doctor as soon as possible after an accident. If you believe you may have been injured in any way, regardless of the significance, you should be taken to the emergency room at the nearest hospital by an ambulance, friend, or family member for a physical exam and diagnostic evaluation. If you did not go to the emergency room following the accident, call your primary care physician immediately to setup an appointment as soon as possible.
After having been checked out initially at the ER or your doctor’s office, there are a variety of different providers with varying specialties who you may choose to see. These might include general internists, orthopedists, neurologists, physical therapists and others. After a Marietta auto accident, many people also choose to see a chiropractor. As mentioned above, restoring your health is without a doubt your first priority, and you have the right to choose which and what kind of providers help you do that. However, when it comes to making injury claims with an insurance company, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture are deemed less valuable. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters assume that if you have sustained serious injuries – and thus more valuable injuries – then you would seek care from a medical doctor such as an orthopedist.
Suggestions from Experienced Cobb County Injury Attorneys
As personal injury attorneys, we do not tell our clients what doctors to see or what care to undergo. However, based upon our over 40 years of combined experience, we are able to provide our clients with information and advice to help them make good decisions about their treatment insofar as it may affect the value of their claim. For the reasons mentioned previously, we suggest that you at least meet with and be examined by a medical doctor or orthopedist soon after an accident to discuss the appropriate plan of care given your situation.
In the event you have been involved in an Atlanta auto accident, please contact our experiencedMarietta personal injury attorneys at (770) 427-5498 to discuss your options and hear more about how our injury attorneys may be able to help you. Don’t get bogged down trying to deal with the insurance companies! Contact us today so you can focus on getting better.