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Car Crash: Medical Treatment of Injuries

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People injured in car crashes often are in shock, and don't realize the full extent of their injuries right away. Many people are reluctant to seek medical treatment right away, hoping that their injuries will resolve or get better in a couple of days, so they decline the ambulance, and don't go to the emergency room.

Unfortunately, insurance companies and their attorneys use this to deny or lower the value of claims of people injured in car crashes, pointing to police reports that state no injuries, or that ambulance and medical treatment was refused, so the person must not have been injured.

Many people don't realize that understating or denying real injuries or pain is often just as problematic as exaggerating injuries or pain. The truth about injuries and pain from a crash is extremely important for every claim.

It is best to be honest, and tell the ambulance paramedics and investigating police officers the truth about any and all pain and injuries. It is important to relate all injuries and pain to the paramedics at the scene, and the ER doctors.

In a recent case our office handled, our client was severely injured in a high speed crash. He was transported on a backboard by ambulance to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a sprained neck and spinal cord injuries.

He was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, which the insurance company for the at-fault driver insisted was not related to the crash because he did not tell the ambulance paramedics nor the ER doctor that he had a headache, which is a common symptom of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Our client did not mention the headache because his neck and back hurt so much, and he was disoriented from the crash.

So it is best to be honest, and report all pain and injuries. Do not exaggerate or understate -- be accurate, and thorough. Let the paramedics, police officer, and ER doctors know about all injuries and pain so it is well documented. It can make a huge difference in the outcome of the claim of the injured person.