After being injured in an accident, you might feel overwhelmed and shaken by the event, but it is critical to seek medical help as soon as possible. Even if you think your injury seems minor, a visit to your doctor should be a priority. Not all symptoms appear in the immediate aftermath of an accident, so a potentially serious injury could go unnoticed for days, even weeks. Seeking medical attention is important not only for your health, but to establish medical records that show how an injury has affected you, which will play a major part in a personal injury claim.
During your doctor’s visit, there are some questions you should remember to ask:
1.What are my injuries and for how long will I be in pain? You will need a diagnosis of your injuries as well as the severity of them. Understanding your injury as much as possible will help you avoid things that may hinder your recovery. It is also important to have idea of the expected duration of any pain you may be experiencing, or if any additional care is necessary.
2.Will my injuries lead to health problems in the future? Some injuries may lead to health concerns in the future, so be sure to ask about the long-term effects your injury may have. In some cases, your doctor might recommend seeing a specialist or set up a treatment plan to reduce the risk of any permanent damage.
3.How did I sustain my injuries? Of course, you are visiting your doctor because you were injured in an accident, but it is still important to obtain your doctor’s professional opinion regarding how your injuries were caused. Having your doctor’s opinion on this issue, especially in writing, is powerful evidence that can greatly help your case and prevent insurance companies from inferring that they were caused by something other than the accident.
4.Can I return to work? Even if you feel physically fine, returning to work right away can make your injuries worse, so be sure to ask your doctor if it is advisable for you to take time off to recover. Have your doctor write a note for your employer. Having documented proof of your need for time off will also help you with the claims process when seeking damages.
5.May I have copies of my medical records? Personal injury claims require a great amount of documentation, so be sure to ask your doctor for all of your medical records and paperwork related to your injuries. Most doctors freely provide any documentation you ask for, but others require a more formal process. Either way, make sure you obtain all records that prove you were injured, including documents regarding hospital stays, doctor visits, long-term care plans, follow-up visits, prescriptions, referrals to specialists, and other pertinent records.
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If you have sustained injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligent and careless actions, it is your right to pursue compensation and hold the responsible party accountable. At the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., we have successfully represented hundreds of clients, obtaining compensation on their behalf, which helped relieve them of the financial burden caused by mounting medical bills and lost wages. Our Worcester legal team is passionate about protecting the best interests of our clients and their families and strive to provide attentive representation.
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