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Following a car accident, the speed of your medical assistance can dictate your outcome

On Behalf of | Thursday Dec 17, 2020 | Wrongful Death

When a serious accident occurs, there are a lot of factors that work together to determine if the injury will be fatal or not. Every person is unique and two people can suffer very similar injuries with different outcomes. One of the biggest issues, though, is just how fast medical assistance is rendered. All other things being equal, this can turn a car injury case into a fatality case.

How location affects the speed of the assistance you get following a wreck

This is one reason that rural roads tend to be more dangerous. There are others — speed, seatbelt use, drunk driving, etc — but people can usually take steps to protect themselves. They can follow the speed limit, drive sober and put on their seat belt. 

What they can’t change is how far they are from a hospital. Say that a loved one is injured in a crash and is losing blood. Most often, they will only survive for half an hour without medical help.

If that injury happens 40 miles from the nearest hospital, they’re likely not going to get to the medical center in time. If there is a delay in obtaining medical care that just makes it less likely. They could pass away from their injuries when someone who got injured downtown, just a few miles from the hospital, would make a full recovery. 

These vastly different outcomes can be hard for family members to deal with. But where an injury happens may be even more important than what that injury entails. 

Seeking compensation for a wrongful deal

If you do lose a loved one, you need to know if you have a right to seek compensation. Money won’t restore your loved one to you, but it can make it easier to provide for your family. It’s also the best way to hold a negligent driver accountable for the harms they have caused.

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