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The moments immediately following a car accident can be extremely chaotic. Depending upon the seriousness of the wreck, there may be debris strewn about the area and injured victims still sitting in the involved vehicles. The first priority, of course, should be to ensure that everyone is able to get a safe location, out of the flow of traffic, if possible, and off to the side of the road. When obvious injuries are present, it is very important to notify emergency medical services right away, as the injuries may be severe or potentially life threatening. But what if you were not obviously injured? Should you still seek medical attention?
At the Scene
In most cases, the answer to that question is yes. When you have been in a car accident, you should take every possible precaution to be sure that your claim will not be jeopardized. If an ambulance is dispatched to the scene of your accident and the severe or obvious injuries have been addressed, do not leave until you have been checked out by emergency medical personnel. These trained professionals understand the nature of auto accidents and the various potential injuries you may have suffered, whether you feel them yet or not. If an ambulance is not sent to the scene, make an appointment to see a doctor as soon as possible.
By seeking professional medical attention immediately, you will be creating a permanent, documented record of your possible injuries. Delayed-onset problems, such as low back or neck pain, are not uncommon after an accident, and, though they might not be evident right away, the fact that you sought treatment right away can show your appreciation for the seriousness of the situation. Be sure to keep track of symptoms and issues as they develop; just writing them down in a notebook can be helpful should you need to seek further medical attention at a later time.
Contact an Attorney
Following an auto accident, it may be confusing to keep track of all of the necessary steps you must take to protect your rights. That is where the help of a qualified personal injury attorney can be invaluable. He or she can assist you in determining the best avenue for seeking the compensation you deserve and rebuilding your life.
If you have been injured in any type of auto wreck, contact an experienced DuPage County personal injury lawyer at Martoccio & Martoccio today. We offer a no-obligation consultation so that you can discuss your case and get the answers you need on how to proceed with your claim. Call 630-920-8855 for an appointment.
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