What Should I Ask My Doctor After an Accident?

When dealing with the complexities of a car accident, it is easy to overlook your own health. However, car accidents can cause serious injuries, and it’s important to make sure you prioritize your health above all other things. In order to receive the best treatment, you should speak to a doctor as soon as possible and discuss your pain with them to learn what may or may not have occurred. This is also a crucial step to getting your car accident case off to the best possible start, as your doctor will document any injuries that may have occurred during the accident within a reasonable time frame. Here are some important questions to ask your doctor when you visit them for the first time after a car accident.

Your Pain
The first thing you’ll want to ask your doctor about is any pain you have been experiencing since a car accident. Muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, or any other pain-related symptoms are usually signs of other issues. While it’s perfectly normal to be a bit sore after an accident, any pain that does not start to subside within a few days is usually a sign that there’s a bigger issue that will need more thorough and specific medical treatment. Your doctor may wish to take X-rays or scans to check any affected areas.

Your Symptoms
You’ll also want to make sure you ask your doctor about any symptoms you are experiencing that are not painful. Do you find yourself getting dizzy at random times? Are you having trouble sleeping? Does something just feel not quite right? You may be experiencing a different but equally serious health issue. Your doctor should be able to help you figure out the problem and begin treatment quickly.

Medical Documentation
If you have been involved in a car accident, you’ll want to visit a doctor as soon as possible and have them document your condition thoroughly. You should inform your doctor about your situation and ask to obtain copies of all examination paperwork. Most doctors are well-aware of the procedures for dealing with car accident injuries, including documenting them for the purposes of insurance claims, so they will most likely be happy to oblige if it helps you receive the best possible treatment.

However, if they ask what you would like to obtain specifically, request copies of each of the following:

  • Proof of your injuries (hospital stay or doctor visit records, plus X-ray or test records)
  • Written long-term care plans, including treatment procedures
  • Proof of how long injuries have lasted (from follow-up visits)
  • Copies of prescriptions and recommended over-the-counter medications
  • Copies of doctor’s recommendations for rest and time away from work
  • Copies of referrals for doctors or other specialists

Work Restrictions
If you are injured to the point where you need time to recover and rest, you should ask your doctor about receiving a note that you can submit to your employer. If you feel as though you can’t perform normal work tasks or won’t be able to make it through a work day without significant discomfort, your employer will most likely also want you to recover. Working an employee too hard after an accident could result in their contributing to your injuries worsening, which then also makes them liable for part of your condition. Most workplaces are sympathetic when you are injured in an accident. Ask your doctor for a note, and then ask your employer about paid time off for injuries when you bring it in. If you have any sick time built up, your employer may require this note in order to use it.

If you have been injured in a car accident, trust an Atlanta car accident lawyer from Schneider Hammers to help you seek the best possible outcome for your case. For many years our team has stood up for the rights of those who have been injured and bereaved, and we have successfully navigated thousands of injury issues. We are proud of our reputation and level of peer recognition, including obtaining the prestigious honors of being selected to Super Lawyers® and obtaining an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Call Schneider Hammers today at (770) 884-4626 to request a free, no-obligation case evaluation and get started fighting for the justice you deserve after your car accident!
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