What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?

Many people who think they are uninjured do not see a doctor after a car accident. Not only is this a mistake, but it might end up costing you a pretty penny and maybe even your life. Even if you feel fine after an accident, you should go to the hospital or see a licensed physician. Why? For starters, your injuries might actually be concealed by a rush of adrenaline. Additionally, internal injuries are not always apparent and sometimes require specific medical equipment to identify.

Visiting a doctor after your accident can also serve as an official record. It’s important to have documentation because without your injury status could be called into question. In some cases, car accident claims can be denied if the victim does not seek medical attention immediately after the incident. But what should you ask the doctor during your visit? Here are some questions to remember in case you are ever in an accident.

Ask Your Doctor:

  1. What are my injuries & what does this mean for my future health? Find out how severe your injuries are and what to expect during the recovery process. Learn about your long-term health and any possible side effects or complications commonly associated with your injuries.
  2. What caused my injuries? It is important that your doctor clearly states their opinion regarding how your injuries were caused. Obviously, your injuries were caused by the accident. However, you should still get the specifics of what contributed to your injury. Was it caused by your head hitting the steering wheel? Or did the other vehicle’s speed play a role? A written medical opinion can help fight against an insurer claiming your injuries were caused by something unrelated to the accident.
  3. When can I return to work? Injury symptoms are not always apparent right away, and you might feel worse later on. This can cause you to miss work. Having a doctor’s recommendation for time off from work can help during the claims process, especially if you are seeking damages for missed work or reduced earning potential.
  4. Can I get a copy of my medical records? Ask for copies of paperwork and medical records so you have physical proof of your injury, hospital stay, long-term care plan, and any other information that might be useful for your claim. An experienced attorney can tell you what copies you will need for your particular case.

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