An accident can happen anytime and anywhere. Whether it be a car accident or a slip and fall, these incidents can cause serious physical pain and emotional damage. If these events were to ever happen to you, one of the best things to do is to seek medical attention immediately.

Why? Receiving medical care after an accident can help you know the kinds of injuries you sustained, detect any hidden injuries, provide you with the right treatment for a full recovery, and even be the proof you need for compensation.

In this blog post, we’ll explain the benefits of seeking medical attention and what you should do after an accident.

 

Reasons You Should Seek Medical Attention After an Accident

After an accident, it is normal for you to feel overwhelmed and confused. You might even be tempted to ignore your injuries and move on with your life. However, that would be the worst mistake you could make for your long-term health and well-being.

These are some of the other reasons you should seek medical attention after a car accident: 

  •         Detecting hidden injuries: Most injuries after an accident may not be felt right away, but if left undetected and untreated, they can worsen over time. However, a thorough medical examination can help you identify these injuries and give you the treatment you need.
  •         An adequate treatment: With a prescribed medical treatment, not only will you have a complete recovery, but you may reduce the risk of any long-term complications down the road. A doctor may also provide you with physical therapy and medication to relieve your pain and reduce inflammation, as well as provide rehabilitation exercises to help strengthen injured areas.
  •         Legal protection: If you were injured in an accident, whether it be at work, in traffic, or a public area —and the incident was caused by someone else’s negligence— you should seek medical attention immediately. By doing so, you’ll be able to document your injuries which can then help you establish that your injuries were indeed caused by someone else.

 

What are the cases in which seeking medical attention is even more important?

In some cases, seeking medical attention after an accident is even more important due to the severity of the injuries. These physical damages should be detected and treated as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Here are some specific examples of injuries where you shouldn’t waste time in seeking medical attention:

  •         Head injuries: Any blow to the head shouldn’t be taken lightly. It can lead to serious complications, including brain contusions, skull fractures, and hemorrhages. If you get hit in the head, seek medical attention immediately to detect and treat these injuries as soon as possible.
  •         Spinal cord injuries: After an accident, any injury or blow to the spine is another major concern. It can cause fractures, dislocations, and severe trauma to the back and spine. If you feel you have a spinal cord injury, stay as still as possible and call 911 to receive medical attention immediately.
  •         Internal organ damage: Any internal organ injury can be hard to detect at first but can be life-threatening if left untreated. If you feel abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms that may suggest internal damage, find medical attention right away.

What other steps should I take after an accident?

Seeking medical care is just the beginning of what you should do after an accident. Other steps include:

  •         If you had a car accident, you’ll need to also call the cops for them to arrive at the accident scene. They can provide you with an official police report that clarifies who was most likely at fault.
  •         If you had a workplace accident, you’ll need to notify your employer right away about what happened. If you wait more than a month to report what happened, you may lose on receiving your workers’ comp benefits.
  •         Gather as much evidence as possible. Take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries, and get the names and contact information of witnesses. All of these proofs can help you back up your claim.
  •         Contact an accident attorney. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, a lawyer can help you receive compensation for your damages.

Here are some final words for you

For you to get back on your feet after an accident, the best decision you can make is to seek medical attention right away to detect and treat your injuries. That is why when you visit an emergency room or a physician, disclose all information about the incident, the pain you feel, and any questions you may have. It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel pain right away. Always get yourself checked to avoid any future health complications.

The other step you should take is to contact an attorney to help you with your case. If you’re not sure whom to reach out to, at Castan & Lecca, our team of exceptional attorneys is ready to fight your personal injury, car accident, or workers’ comp case.

Not only are we willing to hear your story and provide you with a legal strategy, but if needed, we can also point you to medical care professionals we trust to give you the treatment you deserve.

If you have been injured due to an accident, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

 

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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.