If you have been involved in a car accident, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Paying a visit to the doctor can be difficult on its own, and when you’re injured, it can be downright intimidating. While it may feel better to follow a doctor’s lead during an appointment, it is important to be prepared with questions of your own. Below our blog outlines four areas which you should consider going over with your doctor after an accident.
- Injuries and diagnosis: A common mistake that many accident victims make is not exploring the extent of injuries. Certain injuries may not be apparent immediately and only a doctor can accurately diagnose your symptoms and report on the extent of damages. In other words, simply because you did not feel hurt at the time, does not mean you escaped an accident uninjured. This is not the time to be shy. If you think you might have felt a pain, tell your doctor.
- Prognosis and future medical concerns: Just as it is important to know where you currently stand, it is equally helpful to know what is around the corner. Talk to your doctor about concerns you have going forward or new pains that present themselves. The earlier you raise health concerns, the better and more accurately a doctor may be able to help. Knowing which treatments you may need currently and in the future can assist greatly in both the recovery and the personal injury claims process.
- Time off work: A request for time off or reduced work activity for a medical reason will typically hold more weight when accompanied by a doctor’s note. If the doctor does not bring up the subject, you can ask for a recommendation. It is important to give yourself the time you need to heal. Also be sure to give yourself time in case your situation gets worse. This is not an uncommon request and medical offices are typically understanding of prescribed time off for an injury.
- Medical documentation: If you are in the process of seeking monetary restitution through the personal injury claims process, or plan to in the near future, medical documents will provide a powerful source of evidence. While a doctor’s office will typically provide a record of your visit, forms can often be convoluted and it is important to maintain an understanding of what each document contains. While a doctor will have needed medical records, an attorney can help you to understand which information you may need and when it may be useful.
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While speaking with your doctor is a vital step to take after an injury, it does little to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Whether you were injured in a car crash or a slip and fall accident, our Sacramento personal injury attorney can help you to seek the monetary compensation you deserve. We know how to effectively communicate the nature and extent of your injuries and can help you to recover damages from missed work, medical costs, and pain & suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own, call Eliot Reiner, APLC today.
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