Why You Should Seek a Medical Evaluation After an Accident
After you are involved in an accident, emergency personnel are often called to the scene to identify whether or not emergency care is required. If it is determined that you do not need to be immediately transported in an ambulance, you may believe that you are “fine” and do not need any further medical attention. However, emergency medical teams only conduct a cursory examination to identify serious or life-threatening conditions and they do not look for all types of personal injuries. For this reason and more, going to the emergency department or doctor as soon as possible after any type of accident is recommended.
Diagnosis of Injuries is Important for Your Health
In some cases, it may be very obvious that you have been injured due to pain, bleeding, or other symptoms. In other situations, however, injuries may not have immediate or recognizable signs or symptoms. This can often be the case with the following injuries:
- Mild traumatic brain injury (concussion);
- Bone fractures; or
- Spinal cord damage.
Additionally, you may mistake symptoms of an injury as something else. For example, you may assume that your disorientation from a concussion is just from the confusion of the accident or that your neck pain from whiplash is just natural soreness from the collision impact.
All of these injuries require treatment even if you have no immediate symptoms. Medical professionals can identify your injuries through diagnostic imaging tests to make sure you receive all the treatment you need to heal properly.
Diagnosis of Injuries is Important for Your Case
Proper diagnosis is also necessary if you want to later seek compensation from the person or party who was responsible for the accident. You cannot simply claim to be injured and obtain compensation—instead, you must prove your specific injuries and medical costs by providing evidence. Medical records of your diagnosis can serve as concrete evidence that you, in fact, sustained serious injuries and that the treatment you received was required. Therefore, seeking medical attention is extremely important if you believe you have a possible legal claim.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer Today
After any type of accident, your very first priority should be your physical health and well-being. It is very important to undergo a medical evaluation to ensure you receive the proper diagnosis and treatment for your injuries and to increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you need from the liable party that caused your accident. The experienced Appleton personal injury attorneys and Green Bay personal injury attorneys at Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. can help accident victims with a wide variety of injuries. We have offices in Appleton, Oshkosh, New London, and Green Bay and offer free consultations. Please call us at 920-739-7366 today.