Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care Center After a Car Accident in Maryland

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When you are injured in a car accident, you may not have a choice whether you go to an emergency room or an urgent care center. If the injuries you sustain in a car accident are severe, EMS will transport you to the emergency room unless you are coherent and deny transportation. Some people believe if they do not go to the emergency room after a car accident the failure to seek immediate medical attention could hurt their chance of recovery in an injury claim. While it is true that some insurance adjusters attempt to use a delay in medical treatment as a reason to deny a claim or undervalue a claim, refusing to go directly to the ER is not a complete bar to an injury claim.

The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team handles all car accident claims the same, regardless of whether you went to the emergency room or you saw a doctor at an urgent care facility. Our Maryland car accident lawyers and our team of legal professionals fight for your right to recover full compensation for all claims. We use the records from all your medical providers to substantiate the severity of your injuries to justify maximum compensation for your claim.

Call 410-661-9440 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Maryland car accident attorneys.

Reasons Why You May Want to Go to the Emergency Room After Your Car Accident

The most important thing to remember is that you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident. If your vehicle was damaged in the car crash, you probably sustained physical injuries, even though you may feel “fine” immediately after the collision. Regardless of how you feel, you need to be checked by a doctor. If your condition is not life-threatening, you may choose to visit your family doctor or an urgent care doctor instead of going to the emergency room. The decision is a personal choice that only you can make for yourself.

However, there are several advantages to going to the emergency room after a car accident:

  • If an ambulance transports you from the accident scene, you may be seen quicker than if you walk into an urgent care facility;
  • On-site, same day MRI and CT facilities;
  • In-house laboratories for testing;
  • On-site pharmacy;
  • Access to specialists;
  • Full-service diagnostic testing and treatment;
  • You cannot be turned away from the emergency room; and,
  • Immediate availability of surgical facilities and surgeons.

We do not intend to downplay the quality care you can receive from an urgent care facility. However, most urgent care facilities are not equipped to handle certain types of emergencies. Therefore, if you suffer any of the following injuries in a car accident, the EMS personnel will likely advise you to go directly to an emergency room or EMS will transport you to the emergency room if you are unresponsive or unable to comprehend the severity of your injury.

Car accident injuries that typically warrant an emergency room visit include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Serious head injuries or brain trauma
  • Injuries to eyes and ears
  • Seizures
  • Serious burns
  • Deep cuts
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain or chest pain
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis, including numbness in the face, arms, legs, or hands
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Slurred speech

Can Urgent Care Facilities Treat Car Accident Victims?

Yes, many medical needs that require immediate medical attention but are not life-threatening can be treated at an urgent care facility. Therefore, if you have been in a car accident, but you did not go to the emergency room, you may visit an urgent care facility if you continue to experience pain or other symptoms in the days following the car accident. However, most people follow up with their primary care physician or a chiropractor, but if you do not have a primary care physician or a chiropractor, an urgent care facility can provide medical care and refer to specialists or the hospital if needed.

In most cases, urgent care centers treat everyday conditions such as ear infections, flu, bronchitis, animal bites, sore throat, urinary tract infections, mild burns, and minor cuts. They are not equipped to handle the trauma and severe injuries caused by significant car accidents.

Call a Maryland Car Accident Attorney for Help

The most important thing to remember after any car accident is that you need to be checked by a medical professional. Symptoms of serious injuries may not be present or detectable immediately following a car crash. Your physician can perform tests and detect symptoms that you may not associate with a severe injury.

Pay close attention to how you feel and any symptoms you develop after a car accident so that you can seek medical attention to prevent further injury. A delay in treatment could hurt your injury claim, so always err on the side of caution for your health and to protect your injury claim.

The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team can answer any questions you might have about the steps to take after a car crash or how to file an injury claim.

Contact Pinder Plotkin to schedule your free consultation with a Maryland car accident attorney. You may contact our law firm by calling our Parkville office at (410) 661-9440 or our Bel Air office at (410) 893-9111.

 

The information provided in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject. The information contained in this blog is also subject to change and should not be relied upon. Contact the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team for a FREE consultation.


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10 comments on “Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care Center After a Car Accident in Maryland

  1. Ellie Davis says:

    I was not aware that many medical needs that require immediate medical attention but are not life-threatening cna be treated at an urgent care facility. My husband and I moved to another city, and we found an urgent care facility near. I will let him know what medical needs can be treated at an urgent care facility in case we need it.

  2. Wow, I never knew that abdominal pain and chest pain are injuries that should be taken to emergency care. I used to think that emergency care only took care of injuries that were almost irreversible, like cutting a finger or a toe and needing to sew it back on. I’d love to keep learning what the options are for urgent injuries, so I am glad I found this article.

  3. Ellie Davis says:

    It’s interesting to know that some car accident injuries can be treated in an urgent care facility. My husband and I are looking for advice about how to find an urgent care facility and we are looking for advice. I will pass this information to him to help him understand what kind of injuries can be treated at an urgent care facility.

  4. I like how you mentioned that Urgent Care clinics can help with minor problems after a car accident. One of my friends got into a minor car accident and her neck was aching. Perhaps she should go to Urgent Care. Thank you so much for explaining what urgent care services can do.

  5. I like that you mentioned you should seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident. Physicians can help you discover and treat any injuries you may have had but didn’t know about before problems arise. I should keep that in mind in the event I’m in an accident.

  6. Thanks for mentioning that you can visit an urgent care facility if you continue to feel pain a few days after a car accident. My wife was driving to work a few days ago and ended up getting to an accident, she didn’t go to an emergency room but is still experiencing pain. I think that it would be a good idea for her to go to an urgent care center.

  7. Thank you for explaining that you can go to an urgent care facility for pain after a being in a car accident. My sister was just in a car accident a few days ago, and I want her to be able to have the care that she needs if she experiences further pain. I will be sure to the froward this article to her, so that she can know what to do if she is still in pain after a while.

  8. That is a good pint that the emergency room has an on-site pharmacy. That is something I would want to have if I were to have a medical emergency. Then I could get the prescription then and there if I were to need one.

  9. You made an interesting point when you said that if your condition is not life-threatening then you can see an urgent care doctor instead of going to the emergency room. My son is epileptic and he will occasionally suffer from sudden and unexpected seizures. We will be sure to find a nearby urgent care clinic that can help him if he ever has an emergency.

  10. Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for pointing out that going to an urgent care is needed when the pain that you feel after the accident is not gone. I will be sharing this with my cousin to convince him to seek a doctor. This is because he told me that the neck pain that he had two weeks ago after crashing into a tree is still there.