A car crash is an unfortunate and life-changing experience. It is traumatizing, disorienting, and painful. Whether your injuries are minor or severe, it is important that you see your doctor as soon as you can. Car accident injuries can have long-term implications, and minor injuries that are left untreated can develop into serious, debilitating problems.
With so much to consider, it can be difficult to know what you need to discuss with your doctor. It is important to seek advice for more than just your present pain and symptoms. Here are few topics you should discuss with your doctor after a crash:
Long-term Recovery. Your doctor will certainly provide treatment for injuries that are bothering you right now, but it is equally important to discuss your long-term treatment concerns. Can the pain from your injury reoccur again later? Will you need to seek treatment from a specialist for your injury to fully heal? Your injury may also have external symptoms that are masking a more severe injury internally. It is a good idea to request x-rays of any area that you are feeling pain.
Time Off from Work. If your injuries are severe enough to effect your work performance, or your job requires you to act in ways that effect your injury’s ability to heal properly, you should request a doctor’s note for paid time off from work. Most employers understand that adequate healing time is necessary after a car accident. And your doctor will not want you to perform a job that will lengthen your recovery or keep your treatment from being successful. When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful, so do not hesitate to ask for the treatment and rest that you need.
Medical Documentation. After a car accident it is likely that you will debate with your insurance company about the financial damages you should receive. You may even need to file a lawsuit to get the money that you deserve. Your medical treatment documents and official doctor’s notes will help you and your attorney establish proof of what your recovery will actually cost. X-rays, long-term care treatment plans, doctor visit dates, prescriptions, doctor’s notes regarding time off work, and specialist referrals are all valuable forms of medical documentation that will benefit your case.
A car accident is overwhelming, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. If you or someone you love has been the victim in a car accident, a Mississippi car accident lawyer can help. Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law is experienced in handling complicated Mississippi car accident claims and is dedicated to helping victims find peace, recovery, and return their life to normal. Contact our legal team today for a free, no-obligation consultation of your case.