If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, it is imperative to either obtain immediate medical attention or schedule a visit with your doctor if you sustained minor injuries. Not only will your doctor determine the full extent of your injuries and prescribe the necessary treatment to recover, but also important to the success of your car accident claim or personal injury claim.
The following are the most important to questions to ask your doctor after a car accident injury:
- What are my injuries and how serious are they? Your doctor will provide a prognosis of your injury, which means a professional medical opinion on its severity and longevity. Many car accident victims experience a rush of adrenaline or shock coursing through their body, which can often mask severe injuries until the rush wears off and leaving you in serious pain. Going to the doctor right away can help you determine the full extent of your injuries, perhaps revealing they are more serious than you originally thought. Not only can a doctor determine the severity of your injury, but also how long the recovery process will last and what activities you should avoid.
- Will my injuries affect me in the future? Once you understand the full extent of your injuries, it is important to know how their impact in the future. Unfortunately, some wounds may never completely heal. Your doctor may recommend you see an orthopedic specialist or chiropractor, or even develop an effective care plan to mitigate long-term damage.
- How was my injury caused? While you may feel like the answer to this question is obvious, determining what exactly caused your injury can be extremely beneficial to your personal injury claim. The more details your doctor can provide about the cause of your injuries, the more your attorney can use as evidence to show the negligent party’s liability.
- When can I go back to work? Some people make the mistake of returning to work too soon after a car accident, which can result in aggravating the injury due to strenuous activity. That is why it may be necessary to time off from work to make a full recovery. If you are unable to go back to work, your doctor can provide documentation for your employer which explains why you are not physically ready to return.
- Can I have a copy of my medical records? From x-rays and tests to copies of prescriptions and recommendations, these medical records can increase your chances of success when filling a car accident or personal injury claim. While some doctors will automatically provide you with copies of everything you need, some may require a formal request.
Lastly, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can ensure the information and records that your doctor provides will be used to develop a strong case strategy and obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Again, do not hesitate to visit your doctor and seek legal representation from a lawyer.