The aftermath of suffering a car accident can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience. So many emotions may be rushing through your body, which can leave you not knowing what to do. But remember, the first step after an accident is to check if you and other passengers have injuries. 

After examining your injuries, you might have doubts such as: “Should I call an ambulance? Do medical costs come out of my pocket? Who pays for my injuries?” Since we know that you may have more questions after an auto accident, in this blog article, we will provide answers to these issues and more information on receiving medical care after a car accident.

 

The first thing to do is: get medical help.

In any type of accident, personal injuries, work accidents, or car crashes, once you’ve checked if you or others have injuries, you should call 911 for an ambulance -if there are any wounds- and wait for the police to arrive on the scene.

Having first aid arrive at the accident scene can establish a link between the incident and your injuries. They document what injuries were visible right after the aftermath. These medical evaluations are a clear piece of evidence to show in your insurance claim, so the insurance company pays for your injuries.

Despite not feeling or seeing any injuries, you will still need to visit a doctor or go to the hospital. Why? Insurance companies can defend themselves from not paying your compensation by arguing that if you didn’t see a physician, you weren’t injured (or severely harmed). On the other hand, you might have injuries that can appear later on, which are:

  • Neck, back, or shoulder pain caused by whiplash.
  • Back pain due to injuries to the muscles, ligaments, or nerves.
  • Numbness in arms and hands.

For these reasons, we strongly recommend you visit a doctor within 24 hours after your accident. Any ache, pain, or sensitivity you have should be discussed with your physician to ensure they document all your symptoms. If there are any preexisting conditions, also disclose this to your doctor. Either way, you will undergo medical tests to check for any brain injury and get a proper diagnosis for your correct treatment.

Also, going to a doctor’s visit allows you to have the documents needed to show that the accident caused you physical harm. By doing so, you can:

  • Have a report of any progress or new health developments of your injuries.
  • Show the insurance company that your injuries are affecting your livelihood.
  • Have proof of all the physicians and therapy sessions needed during your treatment.

 

Who pays for my medical costs?

A common worry most accident victims may have is: who is responsible for paying for my medical costs? Is it my insurance company or the other driver’s insurer? Does it come out of my pocket? These concerns may cause stress and lead people to shy away from getting medical attention. However, we want to explain how this process works to calm any potential anxiety and assure you get medical care after a car crash.

In Georgia, each driver involved in an accident has to pay for their medical costs upfront. If you have a healthcare insurance plan, your insurer will pay for all of your treatment. Even having medical coverage (MedPay) can pay a portion of your bills.

But if you don’t have health insurance or money to pay and need medical help, it is recommended to have an experienced auto accident attorney on your side. Why? For example, here at Castan & Lecca, we count on an allied network of doctors and chiropractors that can treat you on a lien basis. In other words, their services will be paid once you reach a settlement for your injuries.

However, it’s not always going to be you who’s responsible for medical costs. Once your case is settled, you’ll receive a reimbursement of your medical bills from the at-fault driver’s insurer. That is why having an attorney on your side and keeping all of your medical documents can make sure you are completely compensated for your injuries.

 

How can Castan & Lecca help me during this process?

We understand that getting medical help after an auto accident shouldn’t be a road you take alone. At Castan & Lecca, we are committed to helping injured victims of auto accidents and even rideshare accidents get compensation for their injuries.

We guide you when you’re signing legal documents. The at-fault driver’s insurer or even your insurance company has one goal in mind: protecting their economic interests. To do so, they may confuse you with technical vocabulary or propose a lowball offer. Since we know their methods, our attorneys will explain in detail what you are signing to not lose out on your compensation.

On the other hand, we will help you file insurance claims quickly. One common mistake we see in these cases that lose out on a car accident claim is not meeting the deadlines to file a claim. Insurance companies use stalling tactics to delay the process as much as possible and try to go over the statute of limitations period. That is why we advocate on your behalf to speed up this process and attain superior results.

Lastly, when we start representing your case, not only are we making sure your medical costs are covered, we make sure you are compensated for:

  • Pain and suffering damages.
  • Lost wages and future lost income.
  • Car repairment costs.

At Castan & Lecca, we are ready to help your life get back on track after an accident. Call us today at 770-800-7000 or contact us to schedule a free consultation on your case. We are exceptional attorneys that bring superior results to our clients.

(864)761-4141

MICHAEL BOESCHEN

Attorney

Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA

CHRISTIAN PECONE

Attorney

ED DENKER

Attorney

Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel

ILIANA DOBREV

Attorney

Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish

KEN THAXTON

Attorney

Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund

ALEXANDER LECCA

Attorney

Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

DANIEL CASTAN 

Attorney

Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.