Questions to Ask Your Doctor for a Personal Injury Case
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is recommended that you seek medical attention right away. You could have underlying injuries that may not show symptoms for a few days or even weeks that require professional medical treatment.
One of these injuries is whiplash. According to Mayo Clinic, the signs of this type of injury include neck pain, headaches, and tingling in the upper body. You may not think that it is anything to worry about at first, but without the proper treatment, the pain could eventually become debilitating and ultimately impact other areas of your life.
Seeing a doctor after your accident can also create proof of your injuries in your medical record. This evidence may help your personal injury case.
Once you get medical attention, there are five important questions to ask your doctor after a car accident. Not only can the answers to these questions help you with your recovery, but they may also help you build your case.
What Are My Injuries?
Doctors understand what questions to ask someone who is injured in order to identify any potential underlying conditions. Make sure to respond to your doctor truthfully and share information about any symptoms you are experiencing.
Your doctor may run a series of tests and scans to figure out what your injuries are. Some of these tests may include blood tests, X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or a physical full-body exam. Once the results of the tests are in, the doctor may be able to give you a full assessment of your injuries, their severity, and the recovery process as a whole.
What Does the Recovery Process Look Like?
Sometimes, injuries are minor and may only require rest and over-the-counter medicine to help with the pain. Alternatively, your injuries may require a variety of treatments and medications. It may also be a good idea to note how long your treatment will last so you can plan your schedule accordingly.
Keep in mind that your age may impact the length of your recovery. For example, a teenager may heal quicker and require less treatment than a patient in their seventies.
Who Else Can Help Me with My Treatment?
An emergency room doctor or geriatric doctor may not be able to give you all of the treatment you need to heal. With that, they may refer to other medical professionals who specialize in treating your injuries. Some of these areas may include:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Oriental medicine
Talk to your doctor to find out any other medical care that may work for treating your injuries.
How Will My Injuries Affect My Lifestyle?
Your injuries could cause you so much pain and discomfort that they may keep you from doing your daily activities. In other instances, putting pressure or strain on the injured area may aggravate it, even if you have felt good for a couple of days. Your physical limitations can be frustrating, and you could suffer from anxiety and depression because you cannot do everything you used to.
Perhaps one of the most problematic areas would be how your injuries affect your job. Your treatment could affect your working hours, or you may be in too much pain to work. If you decide to follow a lawsuit, you could claim lost income to recover all the money you would have made at work had you not suffered your injuries.
Can I Have Copies of My Medical Records?
Obtaining your medical records can be a good way to keep track of your progress and help you and your doctors decide how to go about future treatment.
In addition, having these copies can be an asset to building your personal injury case to show that your injuries directly resulted from your accident. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you may be able to claim medical bills. The other party’s insurance company may reimburse you for all of your medical treatment, from appointments to medical devices.
Hire a Lawyer to Help with Your Personal Injury Case
If the accident you underwent was not your fault, the responsible party may owe you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
For a free consultation on your case with a representative of our firm, call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today at (954) 633-8270. We can discuss your case and answer any personal injury questions you may have during this call.