Car accidents are attributed to nearly 2.35 million injuries with an estimated 37,000 deaths each year.
After an accident it can leave some with not only painful injuries but high anxiety about the accident itself and the aftermath of what is to come. Our Atlanta orthopedics team can not only provide medical care but also the support you need to get through the traumatic experience as well.
Seek Orthopedic Care Immediately
Following the accident, reach out to a physician as they can assess your car accident injuries and determine what course of action needs to be taken. Even if an injury is not present immediately following the accident, seek medical attention as a precaution so if there is an injury that has not yet presented with symptoms, a doctor can rule out any potential problems.
Documentation is also an important factor in regards to insurance companies, so seeking immediate attention can prevent any issues that can arise. Having the proper documentation can also ensure that your medical expenses are covered if you were not found liable for the accident.
In the event that you did not receive medical treatment right away, conditions such as whiplash could present in a delayed manner and may require treatment in order for the injury to heal properly. While injuries such as broken bones or lacerations present almost immediately, the delayed injuries may present differently so it’s best to be aware of these delayed injury symptoms. Delayed injury symptoms:
- Headaches could be related to whiplash, blood clots or injuries to the brain.
- Whiplash can also causes neck and shoulder pain.
- Internal bleeding can occur and may present with abdominal pain.
- Herniated discs or spinal injuries can surface as numbness and bruising.
Covering the cost of medical bills
If involved in an accident and in the event you are not covered under medical insurance, document your injuries and if found that the other driver was negligent, they may be required to cover your medical expenses. In the event that you must take legal action, speak with a personal injury lawyer as they can help get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering in addition to your medical expenses.
If you are the victim of an accident and need medical attention or are unsure if you have delayed injuries, please contact our Atlanta orthopedic doctors at (404) 592-1186 for a consultation today!