You have the right to refuse to be examined by emergency responders, to be transported to the hospital by ambulance, and to get medical treatment after you are involved in a Texas traffic accident. However, it is important that you follow the advice of EMS personnel and that you get the immediate medical attention that you need following a serious crash.
There are three major reasons that accident victims say that they don’t need medical care at the scene of the accident:
- They are in shock. Their body doesn’t allow them to take in the full scope of the accident and their injuries may be masked by adrenaline. Basically, an accident victim may not know what is best for them in the minutes after the accident because they may be going through both physical and mental trauma.
- They don’t feel like they are injured. Some injuries, especially back injuries, neck injuries, and head injuries, don’t reveal themselves until hours or days after the accident. Accident victims may actually feel fine after a crash despite serious injuries.
- They are embarrassed by the accident and the attention. A car crash can be a traumatic interruption in your life, and many accident victims simply want to get home after a crash instead of continuing the confusion, attention, and trauma at the hospital. They want to pretend like the accident didn’t happen and escape the scenario – even if they need medical attention.
Why is it important to go to the hospital after a serious crash if an EMT believes you should go? First and foremost, it is important to your health. Getting checked for internal injuries and head injuries could save your life, and getting treatment immediately after a crash could improve your overall recovery. In addition, knowing what your health status is exactly after a crash can help you if you need to file a car accident insurance claim.
If you have been injured in a Texas car accident, only to discover your injuries days or weeks after the crash, you could still have a personal injury case. Speak to a Dallas accident attorney at Rasansky Law Firm today about your case to learn more.