Month: June 2013

Accident victims must seek medical treatment immediately

Yesterday, June 17, 2013, a multi-car collision occurred on Santa Clarita Highway 14 northbound that left at least 13 people injured, three of them critically. Initial reports by the California Highway Patrol indicated the crash was caused by a wrong-way driver.

One of the three injured was airlifted to a hospital in the Antelope Valley. Another was freed from the wreckage. The third “critical” patient was found as emergency crews continued to sort through the rubble. Although another 10 persons reported only minor injuries, a few refused medical treatment.

Granted an accident victim might be concerned about the ambulance bill or not feel any pain because of the adrenaline rush after such an incident. However, undetected or “masked” injuries can worsen over time. Additionally, the intense pain from one injury can hide or “mask” the pain from another injury, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) (see http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/). Symptoms such as concentration, short-term memory and emotional injuries should be suspect for TBI.

Therefore, do not forget to tell your doctor and auto insurance company all of your accident injuries and symptoms as soon as possible, even if it seems “minor.” If you have been involved in an accident and you feel that your injuries are “minor,” see a physician and communicate any and all symptoms immediately. A delayed claim of injury may be denied by the insurance company.

Our offices can also help you get the medical treatment you need on a lien basis where the doctor agrees to treat you for payment from the settlement of the personal injury matter.