You should go to the hospital in an ambulance if you feel that you were injured after a car crash. Even if you are in doubt about whether you need to go to the emergency room, go anyway. The adrenaline rush that comes after a car accident can often hide pain that you will begin to feel later. Also, even if you do not appear to be visibly injured, you may also be suffering from internal injuries that can only be detected by further medical testing. It is also a good idea to have a medical record of your injuries from as soon after the collision as possible for purposes of your potential insurance claim.
If you have questions about filing a claim over an injury accident, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you. Call us now at (888) 612-7001 for a free consultation.
What if I Feel Injured but Did Not Take an Ambulance?
Ask a passenger to drive you to the hospital if you cannot drive or call someone else that you know who can take you. It is important to get emergency medical attention and to document your injuries as soon as possible after a car crash.
What if I Only Have Minor Injury Symptoms?
If you did not go to the emergency room because you felt your symptoms were minor and a few days have passed since the accident, you should call your family doctor or primary care physician right away to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
Minor symptoms such as headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain can act as a sign of more serious injuries such as brain injuries, spinal injuries, or concussions. The best way to find out whether you have a minor or serious injury is to see a doctor.
How Can I Be Sure Whether I Should Get Medical Treatment After a Car Crash?
You should get medical care whether you feel injured, slightly injured, or not injured at all. Even if you believe you did not sustain any injury, a doctor may be able to identify an injury you could not see or that you can’t immediately feel. These types of injuries can go undetected and can potentially get worse over time if left untreated. You will also be able to get started with ongoing medical care as quickly as possible if your injuries are properly diagnosed.
The records of your medical treatment may also help you build a legal case and can sometimes serve as proof that your car accident was the cause of your injuries.
How Do I Build a Legal Case for a Car Accident?
You can start building your legal case with your medical records. If you decide to file an injury claim, you must have proof that the car accident caused you to suffer an injury of some kind. Your medical records will show the types of injuries that you sustained in the accident and serve as evidence for your claim. Without this proof, auto insurance companies – including your own – may deny your claim.
If you wait too long to get a medical exam after a car wreck, an insurance company may also try to use that fact to minimize the value of your claim. The insurer may argue that, because you did not need to see a doctor immediately after your collision, your injuries were not very severe and therefore your claim is not worth as much money.
How Soon Should I File a Claim After My Car Accident?
Injured parties generally have three years from the date of an accident to file and properly serve a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party if they happened in South Carolina. This time period can be even shorter in some cases, however, so we advise you to speak to one of our car accident attorneys as soon as possible to get started on filing your claim.
Your lawyer can speak with you about when to file your claim. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we investigate car accidents before filing a claim. This way, we have well-documented evidence to support your case.
How Can I Prove That I Did Not Cause My Accident?
A car accident lawyer can work to secure evidence that can prove who was at fault and caused your car accident. The evidence our lawyers work to gather may include:
- Your medical records and bills to document your injuries
- Police and incident reports of the accident
- Eyewitness statements
- Video footage of the accident
- An accident reconstruction specialist’s report
Our lawyers will not only help you collect evidence to file along with your claim, but will also assist you with settlement negotiations with the other driver’s insurance company.
How Much Compensation Can I Get from My Car Accident Claim?
The amount of compensation you can recover depends on the type of losses you suffered in the car accident. Every case is different, however. some of most common damages that accident victims can often recover are:
- Medical bills (including visits to the emergency room and a doctor’s office)
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent Injury Compensation
A car accident lawyer can review all the damages that you sustained and estimate an amount to pursue for your claim.
Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for Help with Your Car Accident Claim
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we handle all aspects of a car accident case – from filing the paperwork to negotiating the claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
To learn how we can help you with your car accident case, call (888) 612-7001 now to schedule a free consultation with our team of personal injury lawyers.