If you were involved in a car accident, one of the next things to do is see a doctor. Even if you feel okay, you could still be injured. A doctor should properly diagnose your injuries and recommend the appropriate treatment. Here are some important matters to discuss with your doctor.
Your Medical History
When you see a doctor for the first time after a car accident, expect to answer questions about your medical history. Be completely honest and thorough when discussing your past health conditions and injuries. For example, if you have diabetes, your injuries may heal more slowly and you may be more susceptible to infection. If your doctor knows this, he or she can look for signs of complications.
How You Got Injured in the Accident
During your first appointment with your doctor, he or she will want to know exactly how you got injured in a car accident. For instance, if a car rear-ended your vehicle and you sustained a neck injury because of it, tell your doctor. Be careful not to exaggerate your story or make guesses. Stick to the facts that you know. If the insurance company finds out that you embellished your story, you could lose credibility.
Whether You Can Return to Your Job or Not
Some people who have been hurt in car accidents may try to tough it out and go back to work too soon. Unfortunately, this slows down healing time and even increases the risk of re-injury. That’s why you should ask your doctor if you can return to work or not. If your doctor gives you the go-ahead to return to work, ask if you will have any limitations. If you win your personal injury claim, you will get reimbursed for your lost wages.
Your Treatment Plan
After giving you a proper evaluation, your doctor will come up with the appropriate treatment plan. Whether your doctor recommends surgery or physical therapy, it is essential to learn as much as possible about your treatment. Find out about the benefits and risks of each treatment and how much it will approximately cost.
Your Recovery Time
Healing times can vary greatly from patient to patient. People with minor injuries may make a full recovery in just a couple of months while those with severe injuries may take much longer to recover. During your appointment, you will also want to ask your doctor how long it will take you to recover from your injuries. If you are aware of your projected healing time, it may help you stay determined. Additionally, your healing time can help your lawyer calculate your damages and negotiate a proper settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company.