Free 1-2-3 Guide: What to Do After an Accident or Severe Injury
If you or someone you love has experienced a personal injury, seek medical attention or call 911.
After an accident, what should you do first?
Have you been injured? Seek medical attention right away. Seek immediate medical attention after your accident. So, even if a severe injury is not readily apparent, it’s always important to see a medical professional after an accident. If you can’t get an appointment with your Primary Care Physician within 72 hours of the accident, don’t wait. Head to your nearest Urgent Care Center to get treatment. If you’re not sure how to find a doctor after an accident, here are a few options:
- Schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Physician
- Head to your nearest Urgent Care Center
- See an Emergency Doctor
Additionally, whether your Primary Care Physician, an EMT, or an Emergency Doctor is treating you, it’s important that you are honest with them. Don’t hesitate to give as many details about your accident and resulting pain as you can. This will paint an accurate picture of your injury for your doctor to diagnose. Furthermore, it will also help with documenting the injury for your claim.
Seek Medical Attention for Potential Severe Injuries Within 72 Hours
- Injuries can present themselves after the accident. They are not always immediately obvious.
- It’s highly recommended in California that you seek medical attention within 72 hours of the accident for 2 reasons.
You’ll want to seek medical attention within 72 hours of your injury for 2 reasons.
First, the longer you wait to see a doctor, the more likely it is your injury will heal incorrectly. Scar tissue can develop on the muscle after an injury, complicating muscle regrowth. Permanently scarred muscle tissue can present a variety of complications for healing and for preventing future injury.
After a doctor examines your injures, you will begin to understand how severe, or intense, your injury is. Generally, we understand how bad an injury is as soon as it happens. But other times, an injury can cause more pain or discomfort after time has passed. It’s important you consult with a medical professional after an injury, even if it may not seem like a severe injury.
Second, If you don’t seek medical attention within 72 hours of the accident, you could lose money. If you wait longer than 72 hours to have a doctor look at your injuries, it can affect your personal injury claim.
So what’s next? What are you supposed to do after you are injured in an accident?
You may wonder if you might need legal help. We can help you navigate this to get the care you deserve and preserve your rights. First, get more familiar with personal injury claims below.
What is a Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury claim is a claim, or demand, filed with an insurance company for money from the person or company that injured you. This is known as a settlement. You can legally claim money from them after they severely injured you to help with medical or legal bills, to fix your car, or help pay bills. This is what’s known as loss or damages.
Remember, if you don’t report your injury within the first 72 hours of it happening, it’s harder to claim a settlement. Why? Because 72 hours after your severe injury, it’s harder to prove that the accident was the cause of the injury. This can cause years of legal battles and back and forth, unnecessary pain, and increased medical costs from untreated injuries.
Whether your Primary Care Physician, an EMT, or an Emergency Doctor is treating you, it’s important that you are honest with them. Don’t hesitate to give as many details about your accident and resulting pain as you can. This will paint an accurate picture of your injury for your doctor to diagnose. It will also help with documenting the injury for your claim.
What’s next? What can you expect?
We’ll help navigate the legal side of your personal injury along the way. Our process takes the pain out of navigating a personal injury. Below we’ll help you understand what your rights are, how to heal right the first time, and how to see if you qualify for legal compensation.
You may wonder if you might need legal help. How do you know for sure? We’ll help you navigate this to get the care you deserve and preserve your rights.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in California?
When you’re injured by another person, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them. This will help you get money from them to cover the cost of damages from the accident. The standard time limit for a personal injury claim in California is two years from the date of the accident. If you discover the injury after the accident, then you can file a personal injury claim up to one year after the injury was discovered. (There are some exceptions for minors and individuals with some disabilities.)
Let us take the Pain out of Personal Injury.
A severe injury is never anticipated. Injuries change our daily life, health, and well-being. Injuries from another person’s negligence (or carelessness) are even more frustrating. Damages like medical bills, lost wages, and physical or emotional injuries feel overwhelming. If you or someone you love has been injured by another party, we are here to help.
Watermark Medical Care, LLC will find the best path for coordinating your medical care right away. Our medical practitioners will diagnose your injury and prescribe therapeutic treatment for healing. They’ll also recommend any necessary rehabilitative care for fast healing.
Watermark Medical Partners, LLC is a best-in-class Healthcare Service Provider. We connect individuals in the Personal Injury legal environment with medical care and liens to fund their care. Our mission is to connect people injured by others’ negligence with medical care. You deserve fast, quality diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative injury care.
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