AFTER AN ACCIDENT, SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR?
The bottom line answer is YES. Whether you have been involved in a car wreck, an on-the-job incident, or another type of accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your health should be your first and foremost concern. In fact, Georgia law requires injured parties to “mitigate their damages“, which means doing everything you can to recover from your injuries.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE A DOCTOR, WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
Victims are often severely injured and require urgent attention at a hospital or emergency medical facility. However, in many instances, the onset of pain and other symptoms of a significant injury are not immediately felt. Soft tissue injuries, whiplash, and concussions may have symptoms that don’t appear for hours or even days after an accident. Only a qualified physician can provide the diagnosis and treatment you need, as well as help determine if you have injuries that are not immediately apparent.
After an accident, you should seek professional medical care from a qualified physician, such as:
- Your primary care doctor
- An emergency room physician
- An orthopedic doctor
A qualified healthcare provider will make sure you are getting the care and treatment you need for your injuries. Physicians can prescribe treatment procedures, such as medication and physical therapy. This treatment will help you recover quickly from your injuries.
SEEING A DOCTOR WILL PROVIDE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR CASE
Injury claims can only be made for injuries. If you simply do not go to the doctor, it will be challenging to recover any damages for your claim. It is also important not to miss doctors’ appointments that you have scheduled. Failure to appear at appointments can hurt potential injury claims, as it can be argued that your injuries are not significant enough to seek treatment.
In addition, if you wait to see a doctor, insurance companies may claim that your injuries did not result from the accident. It is important to receive medical attention and treatment right away. Furthermore, listen to your doctor’s instructions. This is not a time to take matters into your own hands, as it can be destructive to your case later on.
SEEING A DOCTOR IS WORTH IT, EVEN IF THE COST SEEMS TOO HIGH
An issue that often prevents injured victims from seeking medical attention is the cost of treatment. This should not be used as an excuse to forego medical treatment. Your health is too important. Medical care is expensive. Call Jones & Swanson to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Your medical bills can be paid by a variety of sources, including:
- Your health insurance
- The medical payments insurance coverage from your insurance provider
- The at-fault party’s auto insurance
- Your own out-of-pocket money
- Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance (if injured on the job)
- Other potential sources
Doctors often treat patients on medical liens as well, which allows for payment to be postponed until monetary compensation is recovered in your case. Also, medical providers will usually wait for payment until after the case is resolved if there is no way of gaining payment immediately. If you are injured, it is important to be honest with your medical provider and to discuss the options at hand before sacrificing your wellbeing to save money.
CALL JONES & SWANSON TODAY AT 770-427-5498 FOR PASSIONATE REPRESENTATION
At Jones & Swanson, we have guided hundreds of clients through the Georgia legal system. If you have been involved in an accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to treat your injuries and document that your injuries were obtained in the accident. We can investigate the situation, talk to witnesses, request police reports and medical records, and represent your case in court. With more than 40 years of legal experience, our Marietta legal team will provide diligent representation to help you recover the financial settlement you deserve.
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