Getting in a car accident is absolutely terrifying. Your heart is racing, you’re assessing the damage, and you’re trying to remain calm.
After you’ve been settled in a safe place, you may be considering going to the emergency room. It’s very common to have to consider whether or not you should go. On one side, it’s important to make sure that you are physically stable, but it is also incredibly expensive to take a trip to the hospital.
It is easy to be unsure of whether or not you should go to the emergency room. You may feel fine, physically, but there could be an underlying issue that may not be causing you any pain at the time.
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The short answer.
Yes. Go to the Emergency Room.
The longer answer.
As our car accident attorneys will explain, the pros of going to the emergency room greatly outweigh the cons. We’re talking about your life here, and we want you to make sure that you are physically stable after an accident.
It is a much safer bet to take an expensive trip to the hospital than it is to walk around with injuries that may not be visible to your untrained eye. You could easily be walking around with a broken bone or internal bleeding that may be masked by adrenaline and shock.
In addition, if you decide to file a personal injury claim following an accident, it will be beneficial for you to have a documented hospital visit to see a medical professional to prove your injury. Do not allow there to be a gap in time between your accident and your visit to a medical professional. Even just a few hours can make a big difference in a potential settlement.
For example, someone may get in a car accident, leave the scene, and go home. Maybe they will sleep on it, and in the morning they decide to go the emergency room. To an attorney or a judge, this gap in time shows that your injuries may not be that serious, even if they are very serious. Therefore, your urgency to seek medical help will help you both physically and legally.
While an ambulance ride and overnight stay may be expensive, it is better to be safe than sorry. You could also end up doing more physical damage if you do not get checked out immediately following an accident.
We caution you to never drive yourself to the emergency room. Your injuries may be worse than you think, and you may be unfit to operate a vehicle at this time.