Posts From March, 2019

Why It’s Important to Seek Medical Assistance After an Auto Accident

Some auto accidents are so severe and scary that you don’t really have a choice regarding medication attention—you may need help just getting out of your vehicle. But other auto accidents aren’t as bad. You might have a few bumps and bruises, but overall, you don’t feel like you’ve had any injuries bad enough for medical attention, so you wave off the emergency services or decide not to go to your doctor. Unfortunately, this can be a major mistake. There are several reasons why it’s important to seek medical assistance after any auto accident.

You May Be Hurt More Seriously than You Realize

Whiplash and other injuries can take hours, if not days, to cause you pain. When you’re in shock from a car crash and your adrenaline is going, your body dulls the pain. Later, though, you may realize just how badly you were injured. If you don’t seek medical attention right after the accident, it may be difficult to conclusively show that the crash is the cause of your injuries. This is especially true if you wait several days.

The earlier you’re examined, the better, because it may be possible to deal with your injuries while they are still mild. If you go days or even weeks before you see a doctor, you may have caused additional damage to your body, making what was a fairly minor injury much worse.

The Medical Report Helps Your Court Case

If you’re suing for personal injury from an auto accident, having a medical report from that same day can greatly help. It shows that you recognized your injuries were severe and that you sought medical assistance right away. This medical report can also backup any injuries or pain that develop later. If you don’t have a medical report, the defendant in the case may be able to show that your injuries weren’t connected to the accident.

Help Is Available—Make Use of It

If emergency services were called to the scene, there’s no reason not to let them at least give you a quick check-over to make sure you’re not injured worse than you thought. They’re already there, so let them do their job. Even if you don’t go to the ER, it also doesn’t hurt to make an appointment with your doctor after the accident. It’s always a good idea to be cautious after an accident. Even a minor fender bender can result in serious whiplash. Contact Maximum Orthopedics after any car accident to ensure you truly aren’t hurt too badly.

  • Posted on: Mar 26 2019
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Is My Injury Severe Enough to File Worker’s Comp?

If you’ve been injured on the job, but your injury doesn’t seem major, you may wonder if it’s worth going through the work to file a worker’s compensation claim. You may get treatment and not even need to take time off work. However, there’s always the case that you’ve injured yourself worse than what you realize. If you have been injured, but it doesn’t seem too severe, there are still some steps you need to take to determine if you need to file for worker’s comp.

Will You Be Off Work at All?

If you do need to take some time off work, it’s likely that you do need to file a worker’s comp claim. If you’ll only be off for the afternoon or for a day or two, your injury will likely be ruled too minor. However, if you are off work for more than that, you may want to consider worker’s comp, especially if it will take more than a week for you to recover.

How Extensive Are Your Injuries?

If you can take care of your injury with a standard first-aid kit, it’s not enough to file a worker’s comp case. Small cuts, scrapes, and bruises are considered too minor. Anything that requires an ambulance or a visit to the emergency room, however, is likely going to be severe enough to qualify for worker’s comp.

Do You Have Recurring Injuries or Pain?

If you have one headache due to being exposed to something at work, it’s likely not something worker’s comp will cover. However, if you’re in a work environment where you are constantly exposed to something that gives you headaches, it can be considered a hazard and is most likely covered by worker’s comp. So even if your injury doesn’t seem severe, if it’s recurring, you may still have a case. Issues that get worse over time can also qualify for worker’s comp. For example, your carpal tunnel syndrome may continue to get worse over time until it needs treatment.

Seek an Expert’s Opinion

While your thoughts on your injury are important, you’re most likely not a trained medical expert. What seems fine to you may actually be a sign of severe damage or injury. That’s why it’s important to visit Maximum Orthopedics when you’ve been injured at work. We will evaluate your injuries and help you determine if you should file a worker’s comp claim.

  • Posted on: Mar 1 2019
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