Free Consultation (770) 865-8654
tap to call tap to text

Important Steps To Take After An Auto Accident

Securing Compensation Means Following These Important Steps After A Motor Vehicle Accident

It is very important that you contact us early on in your case for two (2) very important reasons: 1.) So that you receive the best medical treatment that you deserve so that you can get well; and 2.) There are time limitations in your case, known as the Statute of Limitations, that must be strictly adhered to so that you don’t lose your right to a cause of action against the person or entity who injured you. Both of these will be discussed in detail herein below:

The Statute of Limitations in a motor vehicle crash case is generally two (2) years from the date of the incident. There are exceptions to this rule set forth in the Official Code of Georgia pertaining to minors and cases where criminal charges are pending pertaining to the auto accident.

It is not wise, however, to rely on these two (2) exceptions so it is imperative that you contact 911 immediately following a motor vehicle accident, and call us at Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates at 770-865-8654 in Atlanta, Georgia and in the surrounding areas in Georgia and beyond. These immediate calls to action can mean the difference between life and death and everything in-between.

It is very important that you and any injured parties receive the proper medical treatment immediately following your motor vehicle crash. Many cases are diminished in value, and some lost, when the injured person does not receive proper medical treatment in a timely manner that is immediately following the accident. If you are injured at the scene of the accident, then take an ambulance to the nearest emergency room to be thoroughly examined.

If you leave the accident scene without an ambulance but at any time later feel any pain whatsoever, then seek medical treatment at the nearest emergency room immediately. Waiting too long for the proper medical treatment can leave you with injuries without proper medical attention and treatment, and can seriously diminish the value of your case not to mention prolong your recovery.

Many types of diagnostic tests are available to doctors to assess patients injured in a motor vehicle accident. Such tests include, but are not limited to:

  1. CAT (computerized axial tomography) scans and CT (computed tomography) scans, which are the same tests. These terms are just used interchangeably but mean the same thing. CT scans and CAT scans are similar to X-rays but allow the doctor to see a 3D image of the body. CT scans are generally used to determine whether a medical condition such as, but not limited to, a brain injury, bleeding within a body cavity, a stroke, and/or whether tissue damage is present.
  2. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), on the other hand, looks at medical conditions such as, but not limited to, spinal cord injuries, problems with the vertebrae or intervertebral discs, and/or whether or not ligament/tendon injuries are present.
  3. An EMG (electrocardiogram) a/k/a megrim is a test used to record the electrical activity in muscles. EMGs detect abnormal electrical activity so they identify pinched nerves, peripheral nerve damage (damage to the nerves in the arms, elbows and legs), herniated discs, and whether or not inflamed muscles are present.

As you can tell, it takes an expert motor vehicle accident attorney to interpret these medical results along with your doctors, and it also emphasizes the importance of seeking proper medical treatment immediately following a car accident in Atlanta so that these necessary tests are performed in a timely manner, and a proper diagnosis is made so that you can get well as soon as possible following an motor vehicle accident.