Glossary: Emergency Medical Condition

Posted: May 28, 2022

William Mattar GlossaryEmergency Medical Condition:

According to, an emergency medical condition includes “an illness, injury, symptom or condition so serious that a reasonable person would seek care right away to avoid severe harm.”

An emergency medical condition could impact the long-term health of the individual if not treated as soon as possible.

An emergency medical condition could require the injured party to prioritize medical care above all other actions.

An Emergency Medical Condition, if Left Untreated, May:

1. Cause a long-term problem with the health of the individual.

Long-term health implications could include loss of life as well as a decrease in overall health and wellbeing. For example, a lack of immediate care could result in the need for long-term, ongoing medical care.

2. Result in a loss or decrease of bodily functions.

Sometimes, a lack of emergency medical treatment could lead to a decrease in body function, or a loss of functions altogether. Lack of treatment could result in blindness, ongoing impairment, or severe challenges in cognitive function. Loss of function can lead to a significant decrease in quality of life and increased medical costs throughout the rest of the injured party’s life. 

3. Lead to dysfunction in an organ or other body part.

Sometimes, lack of immediate medical attention can lead to permanent damage to an organ or damage to a limb. Failure to seek medical attention can lead to ongoing health problems that may have been reduced, or even prevented, had treatment been sought earlier on. 

Hurt in a Car? Call William Mattar

An emergency medical condition should take priority. If you were involved in an accident and suffered an emergency medical condition, contact our experienced attorneys at William Mattar, PC, or call 844-444-4444 for a consultation.

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