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What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?

When you’re involved in a car accident, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sudden rush of things that need to be done in the immediate aftermath. It’s not uncommon for those involved in an accident to not even recognize just how badly they’ve been injured due to the adrenaline and testosterone flowing through their body blocking pain receptors that might otherwise signal injuries. This means that while you might feel totally okay and want to take care of important business regarding the accident, you need to slow down and make sure you don’t forget to prioritize your own health.

Those who have been involved in a car accident should make sure they see a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you feel totally fine now, you might not realize just how badly you’ve been hurt, and a doctor’s examination can make sure your injuries may not be severe and need immediate attention. In addition, you should always make sure to ask your doctor several important questions, as they could make a huge difference with your car accident injury claim later.

Future Health Concerns

Aside from asking your doctor if you’ve sustained any major injuries beyond simple soreness (which is extremely common in car accidents), one of the first things you should ask your doctor is whether or not your condition places you at risk for any future health concerns. If you’ve suffered a head injury, such as a concussion, you could be at risk for even more complications further down the road, and you will likely need extensive treatment now to minimize those risks. X-rays and other tests can also help you determine if any areas which continue to experience pain may need further treatment.

Time Away from Work

It’s not uncommon for injuries to prevent someone from being able to perform their normal work tasks. If this is the case, you should keep track of how much time you spend away from work as a result of your injuries. Lost income from missed work is a type of damage that you can recover as a part of your car accident claim, so it’s important to keep track of it. Ask your doctor about any restrictions you may have while at work, how long you will be under those restrictions, and whether they would advise you to return to work or not.

Documentation

When you have been injured in an accident, medical documentation is one of the strongest forms of evidence you can get to support your case. Your doctor will likely be more than happy to accommodate you by providing you with copies of things you need, including:

  • Proof of your injuries from your hospital stay or doctor visit records
  • Copies of X-rays or test results
  • Written records of your long-term health plans
  • Proof of how long your injuries lasted based on follow-up visits
  • Copies of recommendations or restrictions regarding work
  • Copies of referrals to specialists or other doctors

There are many other pieces of documentation, and a skilled Midland car accident attorney will work with you to ensure you obtain the evidence you need in order to file an effective car accident claim.

Have you been hurt in a car accident? Call Dean Law Firm today at (432) 214-8125 to request a case evaluation!
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