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The Importance of Seeking Medical Attention After an Accident

The Harding Law Firm, LLC
Woman suffering whiplash injury immediately after a car accident

When you've been involved in a car accident, it's not only your vehicle that may have taken a hit. Your physical well-being could be at stake too. It's a disorienting and distressing time, and it's crucial to remember that your health comes first. Attorney Todd A. Harding, a seasoned lawyer at The Harding Law Firm, LLC, comprehends the gravity of this situation and is poised to guide you through the legal labyrinth. 

The Harding Law Firm, LLC, based in Griffin, Georgia, extends its services across Spalding County, Butts County, Monroe County, Lamar County, and Henry County. With extensive experience in handling car accident cases, the firm is committed to providing you with the guidance and support you need during these trying times. 

Common Injuries After an Accident

Car accidents can result in a variety of injuries, some of which may not be immediately apparent. Here are some of the most common injuries: 

  • Whiplash: This injury is caused by a sudden, forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck and head, much like the cracking of a whip. Symptoms can include neck pain, stiffness, and loss of range of motion. 

  • Head and Brain Injuries: These can range from mild concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and changes in mood or behavior. 

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can cause temporary or permanent changes in its function. Symptoms may include loss of sensation, motor function, or control over bodily functions. 

  • Broken Bones: Fractures commonly occur in accidents due to the force of impact. They can lead to long-term pain and disability if not treated promptly. 

  • Internal Injuries: These can include damage to organs, internal bleeding, or broken ribs. Such injuries can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. 

  • Cuts and Lacerations: Broken glass and metal can cause deep cuts, which can lead to significant blood loss or infection if not treated promptly. 

  • Soft Tissue Injuries: These include damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They can cause pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. 

  • Emotional Trauma: Car accidents can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. 

Reasons to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

The importance of prompt medical attention after a car accident cannot be overstated. Here's why: 

  • For Your Own Sake: No matter how minor you believe your injuries are, it's essential to get checked out. Some symptoms may not surface until days or even weeks later, by which time irreversible damage may have occurred. 

  • Documentation: When it comes to filing an insurance claim, official medical documentation is critical. It provides evidence of your injuries and their severity. 

  • Insurance Company Can Use Delay Against You: If you wait too long to seek medical attention, insurance companies may argue that your injuries aren't severe enough to warrant compensation. They might even suggest that your injuries weren't caused by the accident. 

Following Through With the Treatment Plan

After an accident, it's not uncommon for your healthcare provider to refer you to specialists, prescribe various medications, or recommend at-home rehabilitation exercises. It's vital that you follow these recommendations until your doctor releases you from their care. This isn't just about your recovery—your adherence to the treatment plan establishes a documented track record of your efforts to recover, which can be valuable during your personal injury claim. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, including car accidents, is two years from the date of the accident. Missing this deadline could result in the court refusing to hear your case. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to file a personal injury claim: 

  1. Gather evidence: This includes accident reports, medical records, photographs, and witness statements. 

  1. Consult an attorney: Seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney like Attorney Todd A. Harding at The Harding Law Firm, LLC

  1. File a complaint: Your attorney will assist in drafting and filing a complaint against the at-fault party. 

  1. Serve the defendant: The defendant must be served with the necessary legal documents, informing them of the lawsuit. 

  1. Negotiate or litigate: Your attorney will either negotiate with the insurance company or proceed to litigation if a fair settlement cannot be reached. 

Turn to The Harding Law Firm, LLC 

If you've been injured in a car accident, it's vital to engage the services of The Harding Law Firm, LLC. With a deep understanding of the personal injury laws in Georgia, Attorney Todd A. Harding can navigate the legal system on your behalf. The firm has the resources to advocate for your rights and fight to hold the negligent party accountable. By choosing The Harding Law Firm, LLC, you stand to maximize your compensation for injuries, damages, and losses. 

Remember, after an accident, your health should be your top priority. Don't hesitate to seek medical attention and follow treatment plans diligently. And when it comes to legal matters, let The Harding Law Firm, LLC take the wheel.