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The moments after a car accident can be incredibly confusing and scary. You may be worried about your health, your vehicle, your finances, your driving record, and countless other matters. While all of that can be stressful, you have to prioritize your health. In particular, you may want to go to an emergency clinic after the accident. Here are five situations where you should certainly head to an emergency room.

1. You Were Impacted by the Other Car From Behind If the other car hit you from behind, you should seek immediate care. Even if you don’t feel any pain, you should still go get checked out. Often, the adrenaline after an accident can subdue your body’s ability to sense pain, and you may not feel anything until the next day or even a few days later. In particular, if the other car impacted you from the back or the sides, that could lead to whiplash or serious back issues.
2. You Hit Your Head
Hitting your head can bring on a concussion, and again, you may not always notice any symptoms. You may feel like you are perfectly fine, but in a worst case scenario, there may be bleeding or swelling inside your brain. Going to an emergency clinic for a checkup and seeing if the doctor recommends a brain scan can save your life.

3. You Feel Pain Remember, as explained above, adrenaline after a car accident can subdue your pain. If you are feeling some pain, the underlying issue may actually be much larger than you are currently feeling. Regardless of where the pain is or how much or little you feel, always head to an emergency clinic to get checked out.

4. You Don’t Have Health Insurance When people don’t have health insurance, they are often used to delaying care or not getting care altogether. However, if you have been in a car accident, you should always seek care after the accident. As indicated above, there are many issues that don’t show up immediately.

When you go to a doctor’s office, they will generally not see you unless you pay for the services upfront. Emergency rooms, in contrast, are bound by federal law. They have to see everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

5. You Were in an Accident To be on the safe side, you should always go to an emergency clinic after a car accident. The staff can help to rule out serious injuries, and they can also create a record of the fact that you got healthcare services. Eventually, if you need help covering your medical bills, those records can be essential. Those records can serve as proof that the injuries were related to the car accident, and your lawyer or your insurance company can use that information to get the other person’s insurance company to cover the bills.

To learn more or to get help, contact us​directly at 1-800-WE-TREAT. We connect Georgia drivers to health and legal services after a car accident. Getting in an accident is scary and stressful, but our services can help.

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