Why is it So Important to Get Medical Attention Right Away in Your Personal Injury Case?
Glen Larson Law Injury Attorneys in Texas want everybody to understand the importance of seeking medical care after they have suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another person or entity.
First, your health and safety are the priority. Despite how you feel immediately after a car crash, slip and fall incident, or workplace injury, you may not be okay. The adrenaline from the accident can mask the severity of the injuries for hours or even days, which could allow them to manifest into life-changing circumstances when left untreated. Even if you are okay in the end, it is better to be safe and make your health the priority.
Second, if you have suffered damages in the incident, the insurance company is going to hope you didn’t seek medical care so they can deny your claim. The bottom line in personal injury cases is that you have to be injured to pursue a claim, and the insurance company is not just going to take your word for it. You must have clear documentation from a professional medical provider outlining your injuries, and a treatment plan in place to pursue a claim.
Third, seeking medical care will give you the peace of mind of knowing what your injuries are, how to treat them, how long your recovery will be, and how you can move forward with getting your life back on track.
Here are a few more frequently asked questions about personal injuries and medical care.
Should I Go to the Emergency Room or a Private Physician for Care After a Personal Injury Occurs?
Ideally, you will want to seek medical care with a professional wherever is closest and easiest to get to. In most cases, emergency rooms are the best option, because you can be seen right away, so your injuries are assessed without delay. Often, waiting to see a private physician, like a general practitioner you may see for a cold or the flu, requires a future appointment. Do not wait. Get medical care right away.
Who is Going to Pay for My Medical Expenses After a Personal Injury Accident?
If you have health insurance, you should present your coverage to the medical provider upon your visit. If there are any out-of-pocket expenses associated with your coverage, like an emergency room or physician co-pay, keep track of those expenses and receipts, so they can be included in your personal injury claim later. If you do not have health insurance, you will receive a bill from your medical providers. Be sure to present those expenses to your personal injury lawyer during your initial consultation. The negligent party’s insurance company will be liable for your expenses once the case proceeds.
Can a Medical Provider Deny Care Because I Do Not Have Health Insurance?
To ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay, the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act imposes specific obligations on Medicare-participating hospitals to provide medical screenings and treatment to individuals upon request.
If you have been injured by another person or party’s negligence in Texas, call our skilled personal injury attorneys at (512) 699-1382 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We pursue dedicated, driven results for our clients, and there is never a charge to talk to an attorney. We stand ready to help you.