Quality of Medical Treatment Can Impact Fulton County Car Accident Recovery


January 10, 2012

One of the most important factors that impact the potential compensation in a Fulton County car accident is the nature of the medical attention that a Fulton car accident victim obtains in the wake of a serious auto collision. The promptness of getting that treatment can be important also.

Both the promptness and quality of the medical attention obtained can have an enormous impact on the amount of damages awarded in a Fulton County car accident lawsuit. More importantly get the treatment you need so that you have the best possible physical recovery from your injuries. Many drivers who are involved in a car crash in or around Atlanta presume that it is enough that at some point after an accident they see their doctor. The reality is that the quality of that medical diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between obtaining the full value of damages to which an accident victim is entitled and, at the other extreme, potentially receiving less compensation than necessary even to fully pay for all medical bills and treatment.

The experienced Fulton County car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates frequently talk to Atlanta car accident victims who have had their potential recovery compromised by failure to obtain appropriate medical diagnosis or treatment. We have provided a list of recommendations for Fulton County car accident victims when seeking medical attention:

  • Accept Emergency Medical Response Assistance: Many drivers involved in a Fulton County car accident decline a ride with paramedics in an ambulance. If paramedics recommend that you be transported by ambulance, it is a good idea to follow their advice. The paramedics are trained to evaluate situations where emergency transport is appropriate. It is better for your health to exercise caution and accept an ambulance ride. This also helps ensure that you obtain prompt diagnostic evaluation, which will typically result in a better prognosis and a clear medical record when dealing with insurance companies.
  • Do Not Skip Appointments or Forgo Treatment: Many Fulton County auto accident victims presume that because their symptoms have faded they no longer need to complete their course of treatment or attend follow-up appointments. This can be a major mistake, as the insurance carrier will often argue that serious medical conditions, which later manifest themselves, were the result of your failure to obtain follow-up care. The insurance company may also contend that your failure to continue with a course of treatment or make follow-up appointments provides evidence that your injuries were relatively minor.
  • Disclose Every Symptom: It is important to provide as much medically relevant information to the doctor as possible. All symptoms no matter how minor they seem should be disclosed so that they will be noted and treated. The doctor should also be made aware of the way that any injuries or symptoms are impacting your daily life activities. It is also advisable to inform your doctor of any medical history and prior injuries. The more information you provide and the more complete your medical record the better position you will typically be in when seeking compensation for your injuries.
  • Insist on Full Diagnostic Exam: Doctors will frequently suggest that certain diagnostic procedures are possible including x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and similar diagnostic procedures. Because it is important that serious injuries that are not immediately apparent be promptly diagnosed, you should encourage the doctor to follow through on any such diagnostic procedure if they believe that they are necessary.

If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries or you have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries or loss. The experienced Fulton County auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to providing our best efforts to help our clients maximize their financial recovery as part of our continuing mission of being regarded as the best Fulton County auto accident law firm and attorneys.

Our Fulton County auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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