What should you do when you are injured in an accident?

April 22nd, 2014 | by RON BELL

Many may wonder, “What should I do when injured in an accident?”

After being involved in a motor vehicle collision never hesitate to seek out emergency medical treatment.  Even if you do not feel any pain because the next day you will regret it.  Our bodies simply do not always show signs of soft tissue damage immediately after injury.  More often than not it takes a day or a few days to feel the total impact of the car accident on your body.

Request medical attention at the scene of the motor vehicle accident immediately when calling the police.  An ambulance or fire emergency paramedic should arrive on the scene and ask you questions.  Tell the police and medical professionals the truth about your injuries and what happened in the accident.  Go to the hospital in the ambulance even if you feel fine or have a family member drive you.  The first few hours are crucial to your health, especially if struck on the head.  Hitting your head during an accident can cause a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which is not always immediately known.

After an accident, some people try and ‘tough it out’, even though they may be in pain.  Some people may not want to go in the ambulance out of embarrassment.  The insurance company and the other party in the car accident litigation will use this against you.  They may state that the failure to seek medical attention immediately indicates the injuries must have not resulted from the accident.  The longer a victim waits for medical treatment, the more difficult it is to positively connect the injuries to the accident. Now you know what you should do when you’re injured in an accident.

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