Should You go to the ER after a Car Accident?

Cartwright - November 11, 2019 - Car Accidents

If you are involved in a car accident in San Francisco and do not know if you were injured (or how seriously you were injured), you may be anxious to leave the accident scene and opt not to seek emergency medical care. However, you should always seek medical care after a car accident as soon as possible – even if you do not feel that you have suffered a serious injury. 

In the event you wait to seek emergency medical treatment following an accident, the insurance company will likely hold that against you if you later assert a personal injury claim or file a lawsuit against the responsible driver. The insurance company’s adjuster, for example, might try and lowball the settlement offer on your case.  

It is also important to remember that not all injuries suffered in a car accident manifest themselves immediately. It might be several hours – or even a day or two – until you begin experiencing the symptoms of your injuries, which is common with a concussion or soft tissue injuries. Moreover, a relatively minor injury that is left untreated could develop into a serious injury later on. 

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident that you did not cause, an experienced San Francisco car accident lawyer at The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. could file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault motor vehicle driver on your behalf. Call us today at (415) 433-0444 or contact us online to learn more about how we could assist you throughout your personal injury case. 

Where Should You Go for Medical Treatment?

Following a car accident in San Francisco, you could seek medical treatment at any of the following facilities:

  • A hospital emergency room that is nearby 
  • A local urgent care center or community care clinic
  • Your primary care doctor, assuming the doctor can get you in quickly

What is most important, however, is that you seek medical care as soon as you possibly can after your car accident. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the insurance company will try and use the delayed treatment against you. 

What Happens if You Delay Medical Treatment following a Car Accident?

Delaying medical treatment following a car accident can be detrimental to any personal injury claim or lawsuit that you later file. First, the insurance company might try and argue that because you delayed starting medical treatment, you were not seriously injured in the accident and that consequently, your injuries are not deserving of compensation. The insurance company might also not believe that you are not taking your medical treatment seriously. By seeking medical treatment right away, you demonstrate to the insurance company that you did suffer one or more injuries that are related to your car accident. 

Speak with a San Francisco Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a San Francisco car accident, let the skilled legal team at The Cartwright Law Firm fight for your right to recover the compensation you need for your injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a San Francisco car accident lawyer, please call us at (415) 433-0444 or contact us online today. 


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