What Do You Need to Report in the Emergency Room following a bicycle or pedestrian accident?
There exists a wealth of advice on the internet describing what a person should do if they’ve been hit by a car – but the immediate aftermath of an accident, when you’re on your way to the emergency room after being struck by a vehicle while walking or cycling, is not the time for extensive checklists. When you are struggling with the stress, pain, trauma, and disorientation of a serious accident, the way forward needs to be simple and clear. So here it is. The first time you see a doctor for your injuries, whether it’s in the emergency room, at an urgent-care center, or with your family physician, there are really only two things you need to remember to communicate in order to protect your rights in any eventual injury claim:
1. Make it clear that a motor vehicle was involved in your accident. Because New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, every accident victim’s first recourse for the coverage of their medical expenses is the personal injury protection (PIP) coverage on their own insurance policy – or on the policy belonging to a member of their household, if the accident victim does not have their own vehicle to insure. Obviously, if you were in a motor vehicle at the time of your accident, it’s clear that your automotive PIP coverage would apply to your injury treatment, regardless of what any other parties involved in the accident were doing. When you are injured as a pedestrian or cyclist, however, coverage under your car insurance policy is not assumed by default; you need to make it clear that the incident that injured you was specifically an automotive accident in order to trigger your PIP coverage. If that information isn’t included in the record of your initial medical visit, you may have a more difficult time getting the insurance company to cover your treatment.
2. Discuss all of your injuries and symptoms with your medical provider. Especially in an emergency room context, there is a tendency for doctors to focus on the most dangerous or obviously severe injuries that a patient displays. Because pedestrians and cyclists hit by automobiles often suffer particularly severe and numerous injuries, their initial treatment in an emergency room will most likely focus on stabilizing the patient’s condition, stopping any bleeding, immobilizing injured areas to prevent further damage, and pain relief. This makes a certain degree of sense from the perspective of triage, but it’s important to make sure that your less dramatic injuries are not overlooked completely by the medical staff. Even if most of your initial medical care focuses on your most serious injuries, try to ensure that all the injuries you are aware of are at least noted in the record of your visit. Insurance companies will always look for an excuse to minimize the amount they have to pay for a claimant’s injuries, and if you seek compensation for an injury that was not mentioned in your initial medical report, the insurer will probably try to argue that the injury didn’t come from your accident, and thus they don’t have to pay for it.
Due to the severity of the injuries that usually result when a cyclist or pedestrian is struck by a car, the first medical treatment the accident victim receives is often in the ER. However, this isn’t always the case; the shock and adrenaline from the accident might numb the accident victim against the pain of their injuries, making them think they’re not badly hurt until they wake up the next day in agony. An injured cyclist might be more worried about the consequences for missing work or class than about getting checked out by a doctor. Regardless, some accident victims end up seeing their own primary care physician or a doctor at an urgent care center, rather than going to the emergency room, for their initial medical care after being hit by a car. In all cases, the same two priorities hold true: tell them that a motor vehicle was involved in your accident, and make sure they write down every injury symptom you have experienced.
Not all injuries are obvious right away. Once the shock wears off and your body attempts to return to normal, damage that was initially overlooked may become more apparent. This is particularly common with damage to the back, neck, and spine; some patients don’t experience pain associated with these injuries until a few days after the initial damage is sustained. If you notice any new symptoms after your initial medical visit, or if you discover that the doctor who treated you didn’t make note of some of the injuries you described, schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor as promptly as possible, so you can make a more complete account of your injuries.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a serious accident, please contact me or call me at (800) 934-3140 for a free consultation.
The aftermath of a car accident can be a stressful time. Handling emotional and physical damage can be difficult while juggling the logistics. If you have been involved in one of these accidents, follow these tips to account for all of the details and receive proper compensation.
Call the police.
Immediately following the accident, call law enforcement. Once they arrive at the scene, they will interview those involved, as well as all witnesses. Be sure to be honest with the police, as anything you say will impact your case down the line.
Address any medical issues.
Visit a hospital or clinic to be examined after an accident, even if you think you sustained little to no injuries. These medical records will become part of your case, providing important information for your personal injury lawyer.
Take as many photos of your car as possible, documenting all major and minor damage. These photos will be especially important when you file you insurance claim, as they provide proof of the incident. Also be sure to save your invoice from your mechanic.
Inform your insurance company.
Call your insurance company to file a claim for your accident. Be as detailed as possible, providing all the information they ask for. They may want to send an agent to inspect your car directly. Once you receive a quote, be sure to ask plenty of questions about why they are offering the amount listed.
Hire a car accident lawyer.
If you were injured in an accident, the best way to fight for compensation is to hire an attorney. The best legal services have vast experience in the field and will be able to address all details of your case. Remember to communicate openly and make all of your needs known, as this will build trust with your attorney.
Above all other causes, the majority of car accidents in the United States are a result of distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. If this was the case, your car accident lawyer will help you prove the opposing party's fault. By hiring the right attorney (or legal help) you protect yourself against the insurance company and increase the odds that you will be receive the compensation you deserve.
Big rigs are a necessary part of our society because they transport goods across the country. Although they are needed, it can be dangerous to be on the road with them. Big rigs are large and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded.
When an accident occurs with an 18-wheeler, it can cause serious injuries or fatalities. If you are hurt in a big-rig crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.
Negligence in Semi-Truck Accidents
There are many forms of negligence. To prove your case, you and your attorney will need to show that the party was liable for the accident and that they were negligent. Generally, negligence occurs when a driver does something or fails to keep the vehicle safe.
There are several reasons for big rig crashes. Some examples of neglect include:
These are just some of the many negligent actions that could have caused or contributed to an accident. If the driver was not paying attention or lost control, he or she might be considered negligent. Find the cause of the crash to prove negligence.
Who is Responsible for Truck Accidents?
Some people assume that the big rig driver is responsible for a crash, however, that may not always be the case. The responsible party depends on the cause of the accident.
Truck accident cases can be complicated. The cause of the crash is not always immediately apparent. We will work to gather the facts of the accident and determine which party or parties were negligent.
If you were involved in a crash with a big rig, speak to Robert Poole as soon as possible. Do not delay because sometimes, a crash reconstruction might need to be done, along with other investigative work.
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The most significant concern after a dog bite for physicians and victims alike is an infection. A dog’s mouth is far from sanitary, and as with any open wound, there is a high risk for infection. When a dog attacks you or a loved one, regardless if it is the family pet, one treatment you are guaranteed to receive is one that prevents infection to the wound.
In the United States, 4.7 million Americans are seen in hospitals for dog bites each year – sadly most of these are children. All bites carry a high risk of infection, which is why immediate medical attention is essential.
How Physicians Treat Dog Bites
There are steps you must take immediately after a dog bite – regardless of how big or small – to prevent infection. Also, you must see a physician that same-day for further assessment, because depending on the bite situation, medications might be required.
When a dog bites, their front teeth are what grab and compress your skin. The smaller teeth in their mouth tear, which is why the wounds are jagged. Once these wounds become infected, it is difficult to control them, because there are often multiple layers of tissue affected.
7 Immediate Steps to Take After a Dog BiteIf a dog bites you, take these steps immediately:
How Doctors Will Treat the Wound
Whether you go to your doctor’s office or the emergency room, the physician will follow several steps to prevent infection and further complications:
Common Infections from Dog Bites
Approximately 50 percent of dog bites will have bacteria introduced into the tissue and blood. These include staphylococcus, streptococcus, and Pasteurella. Most physicians will prescribe antibiotics out of precaution rather than test and confirm these infections.
What about Rabies Treatments?
Today, it is rare for a dog in the United States to have rabies. The only way to test for rabies is to euthanize the animal and conduct a brain analysis. Therefore, if animal control suspects the dog to have rabies, they will euthanize and test. They will also inform you of the test results. If the dog is suspected to have rabies, your physician may have you undergo rabies treatments.
Rabies treatments are extensive and expensive. Therefore, most doctors will not treat for rabies unless they are sure the dog carried the infection.
Today, rabies treatments involve one fast-acting show, which prevents the rabies virus from becoming an infection. Part of the injection is done at the bite site, to stop the infection. Then, you will receive a series of vaccines, which are given in four doses over the course of 14 days.
Each year more than a million traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases are reported in the United States. While the term TBI is most often associated with sports-related injuries (football players are especially prone to sustaining TBIs), most TBIs are caused during every day events. The leading cause of TBI is fall down accidents, followed by motor vehicle accidents.
Because TBIs are so prevalent, it is increasing important for medical professionals to explore and improve methods of diagnosing and treating TBI side effects. One of the most commonly associated side effects of TBI is visual dysfunction.
“Between 30% and 35% of Americans diagnosed with mild-to-moderate TBI have associated visual dysfunctions. Severity of a brain injury has not been correlated with the severity of visual dysfunction. According to the information provided by the Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs (VA), over 70% of TBI patients at military medical facilities have reported visual complaints . In addition, more than 74% of all TBI patients receiving medical treatment in some of the VA polytrauma care facilities have reported visual complaints.” – The Consequence of Spatial Visual Processing Dysfunction Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
If you are unfamiliar with visual dysfunction it may be hard to fully grasp the ripple effects caused when one’s visual abilities are compromised. The technical term for compromised visual processing is Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS). In addition issues with reading and painful headaches other common deficits include:
The 5-week long local nightmare is over. The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge will partially reopen Friday, days ahead of of schedule.
It closed to vehicles March 20 when something described as a bootleg cab from Cincinnati crashed into it. Days later it closed to pedestrians, too, for safety reasons.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet - District 6 Office said, after hiring a contractor, that it would reopen by May 1. Today, the Cabinet told the City of Covington that the bridge would reopen to cars and that the upstream walkway would reopen to pedestrians by 6 p.m. Friday.
The downstream walkway will remain closed so the contractor can finish some last-minute work and clean-up. That section should reopen over the weekend, a news release said.
"This is great news for not only the businesses near the river in Covington but also for commuters and visitors and everybody who uses the bridge to get back and forth across the Ohio," Covington City Manager David Johnston said.
The 151-year-old structure was damaged March 20 when a car hit a primary vertical column, cracking and distorting it. The historic bridge was immediately closed to vehicles and then was closed to pedestrians three days later as a safety precaution. **
The state awarded an emergency repair contract to Cincinnati-based Evers Steel Construction on April 13 for work expected to cost about $62,000.
The crack in the bridge was actually in a vertical plate installed as part of a strengthening project in the 1890s. The company removed the damaged plate, heated and straightened the primary column and then installed a new plate.
Covington Mayor Joe Meyer said the City appreciated both the expedited bid process and the fact that the state and its contractor was able to finish the work four days ahead of the previously announced May 1 deadline.
"We pressured them and they worked hard to respond," he said. "They knew it was a high priority for us and they treated it as such."
The bridge, which originally opened to vehicular traffic on New Year's Day 1867, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975 and a National Historic Civic Engineering Landmark in 1982.
During its lifetime, it has carried everything from horse-drawn carriages to streetcars to modern vehicles. Today, more than 8,000 cars a day cross the bridge.
The injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck are bound to be serious and require expensive medical care. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation that your recovery requires from the at-fault party.
Along with an adventurous spirit, motorcyclists must have heightened driving skills. Operating such a small vehicle among larger cars with better-protected drivers means that motorcyclists must at all times be aware of their surroundings by being hyper-vigilant and defensive. Unfortunately, many other motorists do not treat bikers as though they have a right to be on the road.
Drivers of larger vehicles often do not account for the rights of motorcyclists on the highway. This inattention and negligence can result in collisions, which can have a significant, lasting impact on the motorcyclists involved.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck caused by someone else, it’s important to have a legal representative who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer with Robert Poole Law can be an invaluable partner in this time.
Who’s at Fault for Your Crash?
After an accident, motorcyclists often face negative stereotypes from insurance professionals and opposing attorneys. There is a popular narrative attending the motorcyclist that he or she is a reckless rebel with no regard for rules or the safety of other drivers. It’s an unfortunate possibility, but an insurance company is likely to exploit you in an attempt to reduce your settlement amount.
Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer will understand how insurance companies deploy this popular stereotype, and we know how to stand up to it. An attorney from our office will fight to make sure the party responsible for your accident is held accountable.
Every Potential Cause Must Be Considered
Many scenarios exist in which another driver or third party may have been responsible for your accident, including the following:
Your Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer will work to represent you fairly in court and bust the “reckless motorcyclist” stereotype so that you can get the full settlement you deserve.
Cincinnati Laws Affecting Your Crash Claim
While Ohio is a no-fault state for car insurance, the no-fault rule does not apply to motorcyclists. The serious injury threshold in motor vehicle insurance that makes it difficult for motorists to collect damages after an accident does not hold for bikers. If another driver caused your motorcycle wreck, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim for even minor injuries sustained.
Negligence is still an important consideration, however. Cincinnati follows laws of comparative negligence. This means that if you are found to have contributed to your accident, your settlement amount will be reduced by the percentage of negligence you are found culpable for. A Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer from our office can work to make sure that your level of fault is the least amount possible.
Finally, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a motorcycle crash in Cincinnati is three years; this statute holds for any potential personal injury case. It’s important not to wait too long after your accident, as any case brought after the statute has expired will almost certainly be thrown out of court.
What’s My Motorcycle Injury Claim Worth?
The negative effects of a motorcycle accident can last long after the shock of the initial collision has worn off. Physical difficulties can leave you sidelined for weeks, months, or even for the rest of your life. Medical bills can pile up seemingly overnight. Emotional trauma can leave you dealing with the aftershocks of the accident until it feels like you’ll never know “normal” again.
Your Cincinnati motorcycle accident lawyer will understand how up-ending a motorcycle crash can be and how chaotic your life can feel after the event. We will work to get you a settlement that represents all the many hardships you may now be facing after your collision. These may include any of the following damages that apply to your case:
After an accident, it’s important to know what you’re up against. Even the most careful motorcyclist is likely to be a target of the insurance companies’ biases against bikers.
Contacting Robert Poole Law can be an important first step to take after the calamity caused by a crash. You’ll rest easier knowing that we will fight to make sure you’re represented fairly and work hard to get you every penny you’re owed.
Cincinnati Motorcycle Accident FAQ
The process of seeking compensation is likely to create a number of questions that you need answers to. Your Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer will be there to provide you with the necessary information. To that end, we’ve answered a few questions below.
If I wasn’t wearing a helmet in the motorcycle wreck, will I still be able to get compensated?
If someone else was responsible for causing the motorcycle wreck, you’ll likely still be able to file a claim against them. However, not wearing a helmet can make you partially responsible and reduce your financial award, especially if brain, head, or facial injuries were involved.
What do I do if I was a motorcycle passenger and the driver caused the crash?
While it’s likely that the motorcyclist you were riding with was a friend or even a relative, you can still seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Working with an attorney can be even more important in these circumstances, as we can help diffuse any emotions involved by acting as a go-between.
Am I at fault if I was lane-splitting when the wreck occurred?
Lane-splitting is illegal in Cincinnati, so it’s very likely that you’ll be at least partially responsible. However, the other driver might still bear a large portion of the responsibility, thereby entitling you to compensation, so it’s certainly worth exploring your options.
Connect with a Cincinnati Motorcycle Wreck Attorney
If someone else caused your motorcycle crash, you shouldn’t bear the financial burden of your recovery. Robert Poole Law will prevent the insurance company from unfairly blaming you for the wreck and be an invaluable advocate in your corner, fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with a Long Island motorcycle accident lawyer today by calling 1-800-934-3140, or simply use the online contact form on this page to get in touch with us.
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