What To Know About Going To the ER in Ohio After a Car Accident

Dec 03, 2020 Car Accidents

Getting medical attention after a car accident should always be your priority. Some injuries are not apparent right away, while others are clear and painful. So, it’s usually best to get yourself checked out at a local emergency room. They can provide you with the best care level, but you might have some questions about the ER process and what will happen once you arrive.

If you need help navigating your insurance claim after a car accident, contact the Ohio car accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We will listen to what happened and help you decide your next steps. Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free, no-risk consultation.

Which Hospital Should I Go To?

You have many options of where to go after a car accident in Ohio. If you are severely injured, you should go to the nearest emergency room. However, if you can choose, you should select a trauma center. They are specifically staffed to treat people after serious events like motor vehicle accidents.

Some Level I (the highest level possible) trauma centers near you might include:

These hospitals can address common car accident injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and whiplash. These injuries are usually significant and require specialists who are staffed at a trauma center.

Checking in at the Hospital

When you go to the emergency room, you will first have to check-in. You must give the receptionist or nurse your name, contact information, and insurance information. You will likely have to show your ID and insurance card as well. This will provide the hospital with enough information to get you into their system.

You will likely be asked to sign several documents upfront, including a “Permission to Treat” form and a release to bill the insurance company. If you were in a car accident, you should notify the receptionist.

Emergency Room Intake

After checking in, you will be guided to a waiting area where you will have to wait to be called, and then a nurse will check your vital signs. The nurse will take your blood pressure, temperature, heartbeat, and other baseline measurements. The nurse will also ask you about your symptoms and medical history to determine how urgent your condition is.

Medical Treatment in the Emergency Room

Once a doctor sees you, your injuries will be assessed and treated. You may even be given prescriptions to manage the pain. The doctor may order tests like x-rays, bloodwork, and an MRI. If you have preexisting conditions or are expected to stay in the hospital, the doctor may give you an IV and get fluids.

You should tell the doctor and nurses everything that happened in your accident. Make sure you let them know if your airbags went off and how you were injured. Tell them everywhere you feel pain and give as much detail as possible. This record will be important when you make an insurance claim later.

The emergency room doctor will likely tell you to follow up with your primary care physician. Ongoing care is just as important to show that your injuries are significant and you need compensation.

Documents You Will Get in the Emergency Room

You will likely be given several documents and forms, including discharge papers that detail your visit. This will provide information about your injuries and treatment. It will also explain when you need to follow up and with whom.

You may also get a written prescription for steroids or pain medication. You will need to take this to the pharmacy, but before you do that, take a picture of it or make a copy. You should keep copies of everything the ER gives you.

Keep track of the bills you get as well. If you pay anything out of pocket for prescriptions or over the counter treatment, make sure you keep receipts. You may be able to recover compensation for all your various expenses.

Call KNR for Help After a Car Accident

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, go to a nearby emergency room right away. Medical treatment is essential, and taking your injuries seriously is often the difference in recovering compensation. Then, as soon as you’re able, call Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation about your insurance claim.

Our offices are conveniently located throughout Ohio, including in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. As one of the largest personal injury firms in the state, we have the experience and history of success to ensure your rights are respected. We don’t earn a fee unless you recover compensation.