How do you know when to take an Ambulance to the Hospital?
We recommend you let EMS check you out at the scene of an accident. We have many clients who are involved in a car crash and refuse any medical treatment at the scene of the crash, only to realize they are in serious pain hours or days later. This is common because our bodies have natural mechanisms that reduce pain immediately after a traumatic event. However, this can be a problem when people try to recover money for those injuries. Insurance companies commonly deny claims when people do not seek immediate medical treatment after a crash. Even if the claim is not denied entirely, insurance company lawyers commonly tell juries, “Well if you were hurt so badly, why didn’t you take an ambulance to the hospital?”.
When to Take an Ambulance After a Car Accident
If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, you should take an ambulance ride to the emergency room to be evaluated for your injuries.
- Blurred vision
- Heavy bleeding
- Pounding headache
- Broken bones or suspected broken bones
- Loss of any senses including sight or hearing
If you do not feel comfortable or safe driving, you should take an ambulance.
Even if you feel stable and uninjured, you should not feel pressured to drive yourself before being evaluated by a medical professional.
Keep in mind that driving yourself to the hospital after an accident can be extremely dangerous for you as well as all other drivers on the road. You do not want to end up in another accident.
Why should you take an Ambulance?
When you take an ambulance, medical personnel are able to monitor you and administer care until you can be medically evaluated by a doctor. Even if you try to drive yourself to the hospital, your symptoms could get worse quickly. You may become a danger to others on the road, and your health may be in serious danger as well. Traffic can delay your arrival at the hospital or to your destination. If your condition does start to worsen, being in an ambulance is the best way to get care quickly.
EMTs also know all of the hospitals in the area and know which ones specialize in what kind of care. If you hit your head and are experiencing symptoms that may indicate a brain injury, for example, they know which hospitals are known for that and are better equipped to treat you. You may not know all of your options or realize which ones can give you a higher standard of care based on your specific injuries. Ambulance personnel will be able to take you where you need to go.
If you refuse to take an Ambulance to the Hospital
When you refuse an ambulance, that can be something your insurance company uses against you. They will claim that the fact that you refused to take an ambulance reveals that your injuries must not be as bad as you are claiming them to be. The longer you go without proper medical treatment, the more likely it is that your personal injury claim will be weakened. The insurance company will assert that something else that occurred in the interim could have caused your injury. If you are taken in an ambulance and evaluated right away, all of your injuries go immediately on record.
You should take an ambulance to the hospital.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms from your accident it’s a good idea to take the ambulance. If it was a minor fender bender and you are absolutely certain you were not injured at all, then you can decide to drive yourself. But you should still be medically evaluated by EMTs. But keep in mind that some injuries, particularly whiplash, may not present themselves until days later.
Although it may seem burdensome to seek immediate medical treatment, it far outweighs the consequences. It is an easy way to protect yourself in the event that your injuries present themselves after the fact. You will be glad you did when an insurance company is trying to say you were not hurt or are exaggerating your symptoms.
If you are hurt at the scene of an accident, you should take an ambulance to the hospital. Your next move should be to call an attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve. At the Law Office of Julie M. Essa, we will take care of you and get you the compensation you deserve.