According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year nearly 40 million Americans visit their physician’s office seeking treatment for unintentional injuries.
Additionally, more than 29 million people take a trip to the emergency room each year after suffering an injury in an accident.
If you are injured in an accident, your priority should be to seek medical treatment for your injuries. Whether you have sustained an injury in a car or workplace accident, or while you were having fun in a friendly game of softball, it is important to ask your doctor some essential questions if you are thinking about pursuing a personal injury claim to receive financial compensation for your injuries.
To help get you on the path to physical, mental, and financial stability after an accidental injury, remember to query your doctor as follows:
- What are my injuries? It is important to understand what injuries you have sustained and how you are being treated. Before you leave your doctor’s office, be sure you understand your physical condition and your treatment plan.
- Are there any future health concerns that I should be aware of? Some injuries, like those sustained during a car accident may immediately produce signs of physical or mental trauma. Even seemingly minor injuries such as whiplash may require treatment long after litigation has ended. By documenting potential side effects, you may be able to receive compensation for future medical expenses.
- Can I receive time off for my injuries? If you are hurt in an accident, your doctor may require extended bed rest or physical therapy in order for you to recover. Lost wages may be recovered if a doctor has determined that your injuries have prevented you from returning to work. Those who have suffered a serious injury should ask their doctor for a note that provides documentation for your absence at work.
- Can you provide me with medical documentation? If you have sustained an injury in an accident, it is important to ask for medical documentation from your doctor. Medical documentation will help your legal team build a case.
Once your initial injuries are treated, you should consider how any side effects may affect your quality of life in the long term. Your doctor can help provide guidance.
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