What Type of Medical Treatments Are Typically Associated With Car Accidents?

Car accidents can be a traumatic experience, often leading to injuries that require medical attention. If you suffered car accident injuries, our attorneys are here to help you recover compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages. 

This blog post will explore the typical medical treatments for car accident injuries and the legal aspects of car accidents in North Carolina. Contact us today for help with your case.

Medical Treatments for Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from minor bruises to severe trauma. The medical treatments required depend on the severity and type of injuries sustained.

1. Immediate Medical Attention

After a car accident, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical attention, even for seemingly minor injuries. A healthcare professional should assess all injuries to ensure they are properly treated. More serious injuries may necessitate a trip to the emergency room.

2. Medication

Pain, discomfort, and wounds are common after a car accident. As such, medication is often prescribed to manage pain, prevent infection, and treat other symptoms. Some individuals may also require medication for mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or phobias that can develop after a traumatic event.

3. Medical Devices

Victims of car accidents often require medical devices for their recovery. These can range from temporary aids like crutches or wheelchairs to braces, boots, or other devices that assist in the healing of broken bones, sprains, neck injuries, and other conditions resulting from the accident.

4. Whiplash Management

Whiplash is a frequent occurrence in car accidents, and its treatment aims to manage pain, restore normal neck movement, and return the individual to their regular activities. The treatment plan will depend on the severity of the whiplash injury and may include over-the-counter medication, at-home care, prescription medication, specialized pain treatment, or physical therapy.

5. Comprehensive Treatment Plan

A comprehensive treatment plan is essential for car accident victims. This can include first aid or emergency care, medication, use of medical equipment, hospitalization, surgery, physical and mental rehabilitation, and ongoing care.

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Detailed Legal Aspects

The legal aspects of car accidents in North Carolina are governed by specific laws that can influence the medical treatments associated with these incidents.

Fault Laws

North Carolina is one of only four other states that uses a pure contributory fault system. This law matters if you’re in a car crash, and determining fault will be the key to your recovery. If the plaintiff shared any fault for the accident, they cannot recover any damages. 

Insurance Requirements

In North Carolina, it’s mandatory for drivers to have liability insurance. The state has established minimum coverage limits, but drivers have the option to purchase additional coverage if they wish. However, they cannot opt for less than the minimum required coverage. 

The state-mandated minimum liability insurance in North Carolina includes $30,000 for bodily injury per individual, $60,000 for total bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 for property damage liability. In practical terms, this means that in the event of an accident, your insurance will cover up to $30,000 for each injured individual, but the total payout will not exceed $60,000, regardless of the number of injured parties.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations in North Carolina for filing a claim of negligence is 3 years from the date of the incident. There can be exceptions to this deadline. If you wait too long, you lose the right to file a claim.

Call Our Car Accident Lawyers Today

Always seek immediate medical attention after a car accident and consult with a legal professional to understand your rights and obligations under North Carolina law. Contact our law firm today at 704 706 2689 to schedule a free case review.