When people are involved in a vehicle collision, they often end up going to the hospital to be evaluated and treated. Collisions can be traumatic events, especially when you consider that the incident involves thousands of pounds of metal striking another object. Even if your injuries may seem minor at the time, it is still a good idea to go to the hospital to be checked out. (You might not notice any injuries right away, because of the adrenaline in your system). If you are transported to the hospital by EMS, you might not be able to choose the hospital yourself. But if it is your decision, it does matter which hospital treats you after your collision. If you suffer injuries in a crash, contact an car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
A hospital, in a general sense, is a healthcare institution that has trained medical staff and specialized equipment available for the treatment of patients. There are several different types of hospitals. A General Hospital has an emergency department for treating urgent health problems (ex: heart attack) and accident victims (ex: collisions, fires). District Hospitals usually focus on intensive care, long-term care, and other major procedures. Specialized Hospitals include children’s hospitals, geriatric hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, trauma centers, and other specialized facilities. Of these facilities, trauma centers are staffed and equipped to treat patients who have suffered major injuries due to falls, vehicle collisions, or gunshot wounds.
Metro Atlanta has eight hospitals rated for trauma care. Those are: Atlanta Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta Scottish Rite, Grady Burn Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Gwinnett Medical Center – Lawrenceville, North Fulton Hospital - Roswell, and WellStar Kennestone Hospital. (Source: Georgia Trauma Foundation).
When selecting a hospital for treatment it is important to keep in mind whether the facility has the appropriate medical team and equipment to treat your specific level of injury. It is also a good idea to be familiar with some of the best-rated hospitals in metro Atlanta, based on patient safety, physician specialties, procedural performance, and death rates.