The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has caused unimaginable disruption to the lives of many Americans, and many people are staying home as much as possible right now. We still need to leave our homes for essential tasks, however, and car accidents are continuing to occur and leave victims with serious injuries. Unfortunately, many injured victims are hesitant to get treatment for their injuries for fear of exposure to sick people in healthcare settings.
These are unprecedented times, and whether and how you should seek medical care after an accident has become a more complicated question than it was a few months ago. Generally, you should always check with your healthcare provider to determine how to proceed. In addition, the legal team at Hess & Nghiem is here to answer your accident-related questions.
The first thing to recognize is that your health is a priority, and you should take steps to protect it. Furthermore, healthcare professionals are well-aware of the risks associated with the coronavirus and are taking steps to minimize the risks associated with getting healthcare for unrelated conditions.
For this reason, after a car accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 if you are seriously injured. This will summon emergency responders to the scene who will evaluate you and determine whether you need emergency treatment.
If you do not, you should still call your healthcare provider and ask what they think you should do. If your injuries are not serious, they may evaluate with a telehealth appointment in order to determine whether you need treatment like physical therapy or medication for pain.
As a car accident victim, it’s important to understand that you should do everything you can to seek medical treatment after a car accident – even if your doctor ultimately tells you not to come in. Insurance companies do everything they can to minimize payouts, and when victims fail to seek treatment, have gaps in their treatment, or do not actively participate in their treatment, they can use it to argue that victims’ injuries are not as serious as they are claiming they are.
For this reason, it’s vital that you do everything you can to seek treatment after an accident and stay in communication with your healthcare provider about what you should be doing. Furthermore, be sure to continue engaging in your physical therapy, filling your prescriptions, and following other aspects of your treatment plan to the extent you can.
If you have been injured in an accident and are concerned about getting medical treatment, call your healthcare provider, and then call the lawyers at Hess & Nghiem. We are available to help you during this time and are committed to getting our clients the compensation to which they are entitled. To schedule your free case evaluation with a Santa Ana car accident attorney, call us today at (657) 333-5726 or contact us online.
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