The Importance of Medical Attention After a Minor Collision

the immediate aftermath of a minor collision can be overwhelming

Even in minor collisions, injuries may not be immediately apparent. Some injuries, such as whiplash, may not show symptoms for hours or even days after the incident. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to be evaluated by a medical professional after any car accident, regardless of its severity.

Let’s take a look at what medical attention after a crash matters and how a Canton car accident attorney can help your case.

Legal Implications in Georgia

In Georgia, you are responsible for your own medical expenses until your case settles or pays you money. This might seem unfair, especially if the accident was not your fault. However, there are options to get your bills paid after a car accident, even if you do not have medical insurance.

Medical Bills and Compensation

Medical bills typically arrive 3 to 6 weeks after a car accident. It’s common for these bills to appear before any settlement from the incident, which can understandably cause stress for accident victims. Under O.C.G.A. Section 10-1-393(b)(14) a medical facility has six business days after you have been released from its care as an inpatient to provide you an itemized statement of all charges for which you are being billed.

Some auto insurance companies might offer an immediate, low-ball settlement check in hopes that you’ll accept it. However, these initial offers are rarely sufficient to cover all medical expenses.

Georgia’s Laws on Car Accidents and Injuries

Georgia law requires any driver involved in an accident to stop at the scene, report the accident to the appropriate authorities, and provide assistance if someone is injured. This is crucial as it ensures that all parties involved are accounted for and that necessary help is provided promptly.

Furthermore, Georgia operates under a “fault” system in car accident cases. This means that the person who is determined to be at fault for causing the accident is held responsible for any resulting harm or damage.

How Medical Records Serve as Crucial Evidence

Medical records play a pivotal role in personal injury claims. They provide objective and factual evidence of your injuries, the treatment you received, and the prognosis for your recovery.

These records can be used to demonstrate the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical care, and any ongoing health issues related to the accident. This evidence can be crucial in proving the extent of your damages and securing fair compensation.

Without immediate medical attention, there may be a lack of medical records, which can significantly weaken a personal injury claim.

even after a minor crash, you need to seek medical attention

How a Lawyer Can Assist with Presenting Medical Evidence

A lawyer plays a pivotal role in presenting medical evidence in a personal injury claim. Here’s how:

Gathering Medical Records

Lawyers have the expertise to gather all relevant medical records, including doctor’s notes, medical test results, hospital bills, and prescriptions. These documents serve as concrete evidence of your injuries and the treatment you received.

Understanding Medical Terminology

Legal professionals are experienced in interpreting medical jargon. They can translate complex medical terms into understandable language, making it easier for the court to comprehend the extent of your injuries.

Consulting Medical Experts

In some cases, lawyers may consult medical experts to strengthen your claim. These experts can provide an independent opinion on your injuries, the required treatment, and the potential impact on your future health and lifestyle.

Demonstrating the Link

Lawyers can effectively demonstrate the link between your injuries and the collision. They can argue how the accident directly resulted in your injuries, using your medical records and expert testimonies.

Quantifying Damages

Lawyers can help quantify damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. They can argue for fair compensation that covers both your current and future medical costs related to the accident.

Reach Out to a Canton Car Crash Lawyer Even After a Minor Collision

While the immediate aftermath of a minor collision can be overwhelming, it’s crucial to prioritize medical attention. Not only does this ensure your well-being, but it also strengthens your legal position should you decide to pursue a personal injury claim.

Your health is paramount, and the law provides avenues to ensure that it is not compromised due to financial concerns. Contact The Weinstein Law Firm at 770-HELP-NOW for further information and a free consultation.

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