Personal injury claims, like car accidents, are frequent occurrences on America’s roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration such accidents claim the lives of more than 30,000 people each year, with many times more than that being injured. In many instances, the police are called to the scene of the accident. Typically, the police will ask the parties involved if they would like to go to the hospital. Even if you are not experiencing any pain, it is important to always request an ambulance to the hospital.
One important reason to do so is that injured parties may be experiencing some disorientation or mild shock. Also, the experience of having just been involved in an accident may cloud any sensation of pain for a few hours to a few days. Many times, people may have swelling or bleeding on areas of their body that they may not notice due to the stress of the circumstances. If you take an ambulance to the hospital, a doctor can notice these things much more readily than an injured party.
As I mentioned earlier, most accidents are minor in nature. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth trying to get some compensation for the injuries that you have. Most injuries are classified as “soft-tissue” meaning there are no broken bones or punctures to the body. However, even soft-tissue injuries can create lifelong injuries for many people. Seeking medical help immediately will allow doctors to document the progression of the injury long after the physical symptoms are no longer visible to the naked eye.
When you feel you are ready to proceed with seeking a personal injury attorney one of the first questions you will be asked is if you took an ambulance to the hospital. This is critically important to setting the tone for your case. It will be one of the first things an insurance company will want to know to assess the strength of your case. If you have failed this step, your claim may be substantially undervalued in the eyes of the law.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Your case may be different. Hiring an attorney immediately will protect your rights. Consult an attorney in your area for further guidance.