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Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

by Dixon Law Office

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, particularly if it is not your fault, the last thing you want to think about is whether the "emergency room" can handle your injuries. We all assume they can. Below are a few things to consider when deciding whether to go to an emergency room or an urgent care facility.

What are they? An emergency room is usually a facility attached to a larger hospital. They are staffed by physicians, nurses, technicians, and other care providers to treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses. Most have sophisticated equipment design to help diagnose and treat serious or complicated medical conditions.

Urgent care centers are very different. Most urgent care centers are run by private companies to provide limited care for certain types of illnesses and injuries. Many times they are not even staffed by physicians. Urgent care centers usually have limited abilities to assess, diagnose, and treat injuries.

When should I Go to the Emergency Room?

For any serious injury it is almost always better to go to an emergency room. Serious injuries would include broken bone, head injuries, injuries that might require surgery, or any unexplainable problem.

Urgent care facilities are ersufficient to handle common illnesses such as colds, minor cuts or bruises. However, they are simply not equipped to handle most of the injuries that occur from accidents. For this reason, when you have a choice, select the emergency room instead of the urgent care center.

If you or a loved one has suffered a very serious injury and need legal advice, the attorneys at Dixon Law Office have been helping victims from truck accidents, car accidents, and work injuries for more than two decades. They only represent victims, not insurance companies so you can trust them to give you good advice. Call Dixon Law Office today at (888) 354-9880 or go to for more information.

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