Medical Treatment in Accidents: A Cautionary Tale

Auto accidents have unanticipated consequences, especially when they involve head trauma. Take the recent case of Stephanie Dillard, a Texas mother of three who crashed into a bus on Tuesday. All of her children – ages five, 12 and 16 – sustained minor injuries in the bus accident, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of the collision, according to NBC Philadelphia. Immediately following the accident, Dillard left her children in her car to walk to a nearby CVS and buy ice cream.

As she was eating, Dillard took the time to strip naked and managed to resist arrest as officers arriving on scene attempted to subdue her. Authorities charged Dillard with endangering a child and the kids are staying with their grandmother. The charge carries felony weight, if police believe Dillard placed her children in imminent danger of bodily harm, according to Section 22 of the Texas Penal Code.

Did anyone stop to check, if the woman hit her head a little too hard? The odd behavior and disorientation that resulted from the accident could provide a clear explanation of Dillard’s bizarre behavior following the bus crash. While I realize authorities have an obligation to protect the public, this woman appeared to be in need of medical attention more than she needed a ride in the back of a police vehicle.

Receiving medical treatment after an accident is critical to determine the extent of injuries. Whether you’re a driver in New Jersey or as far away as Texas, you should always, at the very least, have emergency responders examine you at the scene. Doing so creates a tangible record of your injuries and physical state following the crash. That paper trail is important when you submit your accident claim to your insurance company and want your policy to cover any related medical expenses.

Your insurance company will use any gap in your medical treatment or a lack of medical assessment at the scene to deny your claim. Even if you feel fine, get checked. Some injuries, especially tissue damage to your spine and surrounding muscles, may not show up for days or weeks following the crash. These injuries are just as relevant as bruises and broken bones, and you deserve covered treatment for them.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a team of experienced New Jersey car accident attorneys today to discuss your rights and options to pursue damages. Don’t allow the insurance company to convince you your injuries aren’t related to your accident.

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