Questions for Your Doctor After a Motor Vehicle AccidentPublished: Feb 20, 2018 in Car Accidents
Life may seem chaotic after a serious motor vehicle accident. Having a skilled and understanding attorney can help you and your family seek compensation from the negligent party, but the most important thing to do after a crash is making sure that you and your loved ones recover so you can move on with your life. No matter how serious or minor your injuries may be, your doctor will play an important role in your recovery of financial damages after an accident. Having certain questions for your doctor after a motor vehicle accident can help you and your attorney build a strong case that can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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Questions to Ask Your Doctor After You’ve Been in a Car Accident
After you’ve been in a crash, there are a number of questions you should ask your doctor, including:
What Are the Specific Details Regarding My Injuries?
You may feel like you have an idea of where you are hurt after a car accident, and you may also decide to leave all of the medical decisions to your doctor. However, it’s important to have a good understanding about your injuries. Therefore, we encourage our clients to learn as much as possible from their doctors. Some of the questions you’ll want to ask regarding the details of your injuries include:
- What caused your injuries?
- How long might it take you to recover?
- What should you avoid during your recovery time?
- Will some injuries result in permanent damage?
What Are the Long-Term Effects of My Injury?
Many injuries can take years to heal, and you might carry the effects of others for the rest of your life. When building your case, you and your lawyer will have to illustrate how your injuries will interfere in your life moving forward. It is very important to have an understanding of what your limitations will be in the future, and how this applies to your work, schooling, or personal activities. Inquiring about long-term problems and how you can plan to minimize the damage over time will help illustrate how your accident has seriously interrupted your life.
When Should I Return to Work?
Make sure that your doctor is well-informed about your work, and how your current pain and discomfort might affect your ability to do your job. It’s important to ask your doctor for a note describing why you need time off work due to your injuries. Any doctor’s note regarding your inability to work will also help to bolster the record of your injuries when your lawyer is presenting your case for damages to an insurance company or in court. Additionally, if your car accident happened while you were on the job, be sure to inform your doctor of this fact.
Can I Have Copies of My Medical Record?
Having as much documentation as possible will help your case. While your lawyer will be able to seek any required documentation, it usually helps to prevent unnecessary delays if you formally request information from your doctor. The types of records that can greatly help your case include:
- Visit records detailing your injuries
- Details of follow-up visits
- List of medications
- Copies of referrals for other doctors
The Alabama Car Accident Attorneys at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., Can Help
There is so much to do after having your life disrupted in a car accident, but taking care of your medical treatment is the most important detail. As car accident lawyers with years of experience, Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. understands how important medical professionals can be when we are working to recover compensation for our injured clients. We also know how to help you seek the proper medical attention that you need in order to recover from your injuries. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, do not wait to seek medical attention for any injury.
If you or a loved one were injured in a devastating accident, call the car accident attorneys from Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at (205) 933-1500 or use our online form. We offer a case evaluation free of charge and are ready to help you obtain full compensation for your losses. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our auto injury lawyers will quickly travel to investigate your case.