After a car accident, most people know they should seek medical attention immediately if severely injured. It usually isn’t even much of a choice, as medical personnel arriving on the scene will whisk them away to receive the vital services they desperately need. Luckily, not all accidents end this way.
Many people can walk, talk, and move around – and for the most part, feel fine. The trouble is, if they refuse to see a doctor and acknowledge an injury as the days and weeks progress, they might fail to recognize their injuries for quite some time, which could make recovery more difficult.
At the Jones Law Firm, we have been helping Louisiana families with the aftermath of car accidents for years. If you are in a car accident, no matter how minor it may seem, we believe that it is important that you meet with a medical professional afterward – regardless of how you feel.
You may not recognize or even notice an injury or injuries right away
When you are in a car accident, your body pumps itself full of adrenaline as a response. Believe it or not, adrenaline – known as the flight or fight hormone – can mask pain or injuries for quite some time, including substantial injuries.
As such, you may just shrug off and not pay attention to some pain you feel for several days. Activities you are engaging in could further aggravate any injuries you have, causing quite the problem for you long-term.
Where should you obtain medical treatment after a car accident in Louisiana?
As stated before, if you are severely injured or even moderately injured, it’s best to go to the emergency room right away.
After an accident, for minor injuries, or even just an impromptu review, you can probably go to your local emergency room.
Otherwise, it may be best to seek medical attention at an urgent care center, your primary care doctor, or a chiropractor. These medical professionals can review your medical history and examine and treat you as needed, which is vital for your health and your claim.
What if you fail to seek medical attention?
The majority of insurance companies in Louisiana require that policyholders (or those filing a claim) receive medical attention for an accident within a specified amount of time if they are going to request compensation.
If they do not, the insurance company may say that an injury was not severe enough or not even a result of the accident itself.
Even if you feel that everything is fine, it is always best to see a doctor to have formal documentation in place.
What if you cannot afford to pay for medical treatment?
If you are worried about seeking medical attention because you are unsure about the cost of care, know that your medical bills may be covered by your insurance policy or the person at fault for the accident, depending on coverage levels.
Louisiana auto policy coverage typically includes bodily injury liability coverage, uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage, personal injury protection, and medical compensation.
Navigating medical claims with insurance companies on your own can be a challenge. Insurance companies are notorious for making the process complex while finding ways to undercut their payout. When you are injured, it is truly in your best interest to hire a Louisiana car accident attorney to help you through this process.
Contact the Jones Law Firm for Help After Your Car Accident
If you live in Alexandria, Louisiana, no matter what your injuries are, the Jones Law Firm is committed to ensuring you receive every penny you are entitled to. Contact us today for a consultation. We will set up a time for you to come in and discuss your accident in-depth, helping you through this complicated process.