The Importance of Medical Treatment Following a Car Accident

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2020
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Following a car accident, it is imperative to seek medical treatment. This is true even now, during the coronavirus crisis. Although some car accident injuries are obvious, such as lacerations and broken bones, other injuries are not.  Many people experience shock and bewilderment after an automobile collision and non-visible injuries go undetected. Injuries which can be slow to exhibit symptoms include:  

  • Concussions/Brain injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tears
  • Nerve damage
  • Herniated discs

If you do not go to the emergency room, contact your family physician and make an appointment to be examined or, at a minimum, a “virtual visit” so that your physician can see you and discuss any symptoms that you are experiencing. . Your family physician, family members, and friends may note changes that you do not. 

Medical professionals may order lab work or other tests to determine if you have any injuries after your car accident. The most common tests include:  


X-rays use electromagnetic waves to take pictures of the body’s internal systems. X-rays are useful for checking for fractures, dislocated joints, and other types of internal damage. In some cases, soft tissue injuries can be identified via X-ray.

CT scans

CT scans use a combination of X-rays and computer imaging to take pictures of the body’s internal structures. A CT scan can identify organ trauma, internal bleeding in the brain, ligament and tendon damage, and bruised or severed nerves. 

MRI scans

MRIs provide a deep look at the body’s internal systems. Doctors use MRIs to detect damage to bones, soft tissues, nerves, and organs. MRIs are an especially effective method of diagnosing spinal cord injuries. 

Paying for medical treatment 

The primary source of payment for medical treatment is health insurance. You may also have some medical benefits on your own auto insurance policy(medical expense payment)  that will reimburse you for some of your medical treatment. You may also find it necessary to file a claim for damages against the individual whose negligence caused your injuries.. Damages that may be claimed include bodily injuries, physical pain and mental anguish, disfigurement or deformity and associated embarrassment, inconvenience, medical expenses, lost earnings, and lessening of earning capacity as well as property damage.  Insurance companies often resist paying damages, making it necessary for auto accident victims to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney.

Contact Susan Pierce, our Virginia personal injury attorney

If you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident, you need a Virginia personal injury attorney on your side. At Walker Jones, PC, Susan Pierce has over 30 years of experience as a Virginia personal injury attorney. She is dedicated to helping valued clients receive the compensation they deserve for their Virginia car accident injuries.  When Ms. Pierce takes you on as a client she will give your case the attention it deserves and do everything in her power to ensure that you are justly compensated for the injuries suffered in your Virginia car accident. If you’d like to begin the recovery process, please contact Walker Jones P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with Susan Pierce. 

Walker Jones, PC serves clients throughout Virginia including Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Warren, Winchester, Frederick, Clarke, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Madison, Orange, and Albemarle.

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