Should I go to urgent care after a car accident? After a car accident, the first vital step is ensuring that everyone is safe and moving the car out of harm’s way. After moving the vehicle safely out of traffic, call 911 to report the accident. Under North Carolina state law, all drivers involved in a collision that causes bodily injuries or more than $500 in property damages must contact the police and report the crash immediately. It is also important to see medical care following your car accident. In many cases, serious or life-threatening injuries are not visible or noticeable by a victim. In some cases, it may be prudent to visit an urgent care facility to receive proper medical attention from a physical or other medical professional.
Even when there are no apparent injuries, seeking immediately medical care will help you document the accident and damages. If there are injuries, it will establish your harm from the accident and pain. It is also a wise decision to take photos when there are bodily injuries and property damage. In many cases, injuries may not present themselves for days, and seeking care could mean finding injuries you were not aware of incurring. If you are not taken by ambulance to a hospital for your medical concerns, you may want to consider visiting an urgent care facility immediately. In many cases, certain medical conditions can be life-threatening but unnoticed by a victim. These types of injuries may include traumatic brain injuries, aortic dissection, internal bleeding, internal organ damage, or neck and back injuries. It is always prudent to consider visiting a medical professional after your car accident.
Should I Pay Medical Bills with Health Insurance if I Was Injured in a Car Crash?
If you or other passengers suffered injuries in a car accident caused by negligence, payment of medical care is often a stressful topic. Many motorists are not sure if their own private insurance will cover the medical care or if they should wait until they receive a settlement from the careless driver’s insurance or in a civil claim. The various forms of insurance coverage an individual has will help determine how they should handle paying for medical bills.
Med pay is a standard but optional form of coverage in this state that covers medical bills after an accident. However, it will not cover expenses for missing time from work or pain and suffering from the accident. Proving liability is unnecessary to collect under Med Pay coverage. Even if the injured party were partially liable for the crash, it would cover all necessary medical care and expenses. If medical coverage pays the costs for medical care, state law does not allow them to recover the compensation from the injured party after settlement. However, with state-funded insurance, they do have the option of seeking recovery of paid expenses.
Compensation for Damage Recovery Statute
After successfully proving negligence, a statute is in place to allow medical providers to collect compensation for services they provided to the injured party after the accident. Under North Carolina General Statute § 44-50, any plaintiff’s settlement after an accident is subject to liens for medical care providers to recover payment for services. The liens may recover compensation for emergency room treatment, prescriptions, or any services rendered to the injured party after an accident.
How an Attorney Could Help the Plaintiff After a Car Accident
Medical bills and the cost of future expenses are significant elements of compensation for injury claims in this state. The plaintiff may also need money for expenses while they are out of work and suffer pain and suffering from the accident. An experienced car accident lawyer from Edwards Injury Law could help the plaintiff secure the compensation they need for recovery.
How Edwards Injury Law Will Help
If a careless driver caused you or someone you love to suffer injuries in an accident, you could be eligible to recover an award for damages. An experienced car accident attorney at Edwards Injury Law will complete an investigation and get the evidence needed to establish liability in a civil claim. We have the experience necessary to review and consider all potential contributing factors to the collision.
We also help collect and organize the documentation you need to establish damages and handle all negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf. Hiring an attorney will ensure you have a professional advocating on your behalf inside and outside of the courtroom. If you need help to recover compensation for damages after a car accident, contact us to schedule a consultation and get started on your claim.