When describing your injuries to your doctor and discussing your treatment plan, keep the following tips in mind. They’ll help you and your doctor ensure you receive a proper diagnosis, which is key to ensuring your treatment plan is ideal. Following the advice here may also play a significant role in helping you secure the compensation you deserve later on.
Be Honest and Thorough
For various reasons, you may be tempted to downplay your symptoms or discomfort when describing them to a physician. Don’t make this mistake. It’s important to be as thorough and accurate as possible when discussing your injuries.
Thus, you might also mention symptoms that don’t necessarily seem connected to your injuries or the accident that caused them. For example, you may be experiencing relatively minor discomfort in an area of your body that you don’t think was affected by the collision.
Bring this discomfort up as well. The more detailed and thorough you are, the better the odds a doctor will identify all your injuries that may require treatment.
Mention That You Were Involved in a Collision
Seeing a doctor right away after a car accident is vital, even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously injured. There are two main reasons this is the case.
First, the fact that you don’t notice any major symptoms or signs of injury doesn’t mean you’re unharmed. Various factors, such as adrenaline, can prevent a victim from realizing they’ve been injured in the immediate aftermath of an accident. You thus need to see a doctor so they can provide you with any necessary treatment sooner rather than later. This will improve your odds of making a swift recovery.
Second, seeing a doctor right away can help you establish a link between your injuries and your collision. This will help you secure compensation, as an insurance company will be unable to argue your injuries might have been the result of a separate incident.
Ensure this link is documented by mentioning to the physician (and nurses, etc.) that you were involved in an accident. If you don’t clearly state this, they might not include it in their notes, potentially harming your case later.