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Can I Go to the ER After an Accident During COVID-19?

The short answer: yes, and you still should. If you are injured in a car crash or any other kind of accident and you need emergency care, you should not let fear of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) stop you from receiving it.

Hospitals and emergency rooms (ERs) are taking countless precautions to keep you safe, and while understandable, anxiety over COVID-19 should not keep you from getting the (possibly lifesaving) care you need. Additionally, medical records continue to be one of the most important parts of personal injury lawsuits, should you try to pursue one.

We’ve gathered some information from healthcare providers to help quell your worries, but remember, if you are seriously injured after an accident, please don’t hesitate to call 911.

What Precautions Are in Place at Hospitals and Emergency Rooms?

Hospitals and emergency rooms are taking extra care to make sure your visit is as safe as possible. Before you enter the facility, you will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. By screening everyone, medical professionals are better able to isolate and treat patients with COVID-19.

If you come to the emergency room via ambulance, paramedics will wear personal protective equipment and get you into treatment in accordance with your condition – and as quickly and safely as possible.

Everyone at the hospital or ER will be wearing cloth face coverings, face masks, and/or PPE, as well as practicing social distancing. Additionally, hospitals and ERs have increased their already stringent cleaning and disinfecting protocol.

The risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is ultimately much lower than the negative outcomes you may face if you delay or avoid emergency treatment. As one chief medical officer explains:

Under no circumstance should you avoid going to an emergency room or calling 911 if you feel that your symptoms are truly serious. Every minute that you delay, the likelihood of you having a worse outcome increases.”

Precautions You Can Take for Yourself

If you’re nervous about coronavirus, you can keep yourself safe while prioritizing your health. While seeking care after an accident, remember to:

  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others
  • Wash your hands often – use soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • When soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Whether you walk into the ER or take an ambulance, make sure you are taking whatever injuries and/or symptoms you have seriously.

Getting the appropriate medical care is the first step in securing your future.

What About Getting Legal Help During a Public Health Crisis?

Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates is here for you 24/7. Whether our attorneys are walking you through your case in person or virtually, we will help ensure you always understand all your legal options.

If you want to discuss what happened to you, please call us at (866) 675-4427 or contact us online today.