What To Do First
Here is a list of things you should do from the moment you get into a car accident.
- Check to make sure that everyone involved in the accident is O.K.
- Contact emergency medical personal as well as the police.
- If possible, give your report of the accident to the police at the scene
- Be taken to the hospital by ambulance and receive the appropriate emergency care
- After you have been released by the hospital, contact a health care facility that specializes in auto accident and personal injury cases
- Contact an attorney
After a motor vehicle accident the most important thing to do is to make sure that you are seen by the right health care professional. Even if you feel good and don’t think there is anything wrong with you, realize that many times the pain and disability from a motor vehicle accident does not surface right away. In some cases it can take up to a month before all the symptoms take full effect. This is due to the bodies’ protective nature whenever it experiences a traumatic event. At the time of the accident, the body can produce chemicals called endorphins that block the pain of tissue damage. You might even recall that immediately after the accident you did not feel much pain but as time went on and later that night or the next day the pain became worse and worse. Please don’t let the amount of pain you are feeling dictate weather or not you see a physician. A simple whiplash, if left untreated, can progress into a long term chronic situation of pain, degeneration and permanent loss of function. Be on the safe side and be seen by a health care professional to make sure that everything is O.K. and that long-term problems don’t arise in the future.
Another factor that has no bearing as to weather or not you see a physician is the speed of the actual collision and the amount of car damage in the accident. It is a well-established fact in the scientific literature that low speed collisions can cause a tremendous amount of bodily harm and damage. It is also known that some of the most severe cases of injury occur when there is little to no damage to the automobile. Did you ever watch a car race on television and see a collision. You get some of the most spectacular collisions in car races with the cars just breaking up into hundreds of pieces. Do you realize that most of the time the drivers involved in those accidents live to tell about it, and not only that, are usually unharmed. Much of this can be explained by the fact that those race cars are designed to break apart on impact, thereby distributing the force of the collision into the many fragmented parts, and reducing the amount of force absorbed by the driver. In contrast, today’s vehicles are designed to resist dents and breaking apart, and are built to stay solid and together in a collision. This is great for reducing damage to the automobile, but horrible for the people involved in the accident. If the car does not deform or break apart on impact, the forces generated cannot be dispersed and absorbed by the car, and are absorbed by the people inside the car. So even at a 5-mph collision, the total amount of force transmitted into the automobile occupants is tremendous.
All of this sound like it makes sense, but the question still remains; where should I go first? The answer is to a health center that specializes in automobile accidents and personal injury cases. Most likely that does not mean your family physician but a center that is geared towards providing the best, most effective and comprehensive service to the automobile accident patient. Enclosed in this packet is information on two health care facilities on Long Island that specialize in the care and treatment of auto accident patients. Universal Health & Rehabilitation is very familiar with the special needs of the auto accident victim. They are set up to take on the emergency case at a moment’s notice with a minimal wait and prompt professional service. They are equipped with a multi-disciplinary approach of doctors and therapists to attain a comprehensive perspective on your condition. This means that each patient has the opportunity to be seen by different health care disciplines including Physical Medicine, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and Physical Therapy all under one roof. By combining various disciplines, these health care facilities are able to provide the best service to the patient. The professionals at this auto accident health center are committed to diagnosing and treating the cause of the pain, not just writing prescriptions for painkillers, anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants. They will take the time to thoroughly go over your condition and communicate with you in a manner that will make you feel comfortable and informed.
Universal Health and Rehabilitation is also your best bet if legal action is a consideration in your case. These auto accident health care specialists will make sure that all the necessary testing and diagnostics are performed to document your injuries as thoroughly as possible. This simple fact of proper documentation can be the difference between winning and losing a lawsuit as well as making sure that you receive the settlement you deserve.