car accident can be an incredibly jarring and frightening experience. While you may
feel overwhelmed during the immediate aftermath, it is imperative you
stay in control of your actions and prioritize seeing a doctor as soon
as possible. Not only can seeking medical attention protect your health,
but it can also play a key role in strengthening your
personal injury case. Whether you are transported to the emergency room or are able to
take yourself shortly afterwards, it is important you ask your doctor
several questions about your injuries that will assist you with the claims process.
Be sure to ask the following questions:
How severe are my injuries? – Ask your doctor about what your injuries are and what they mean
to your overall health moving forward. The more you understand about your
injury, the better equipped you will be to focus on your recovery and
avoid activities which can aggravate your condition. Likewise, you will
want to find out how long you will likely be in pain and what additional
care you will need.
What future health risks do I face? – Certain types of car accident injuries, such as orthopedic injuries
or spinal cord damage, can cause permanent debilitation and cause a person
to endure a lifetime of medical treatments. Ask your doctor if your injuries
will likely have any long-term consequences and whether or not you should
see another specialist or chiropractor to protect against permanent damage.
How were my injuries caused? – While you are obviously in the emergency room due to injuries
sustained in a car accident, which you should clearly communicate, it
is important your doctor confirms this cause and provides their professional
opinion regarding what exactly happened. Did your head hit the steering
wheel? Were you cut by shards of glass? Having written answers to these
issues can help to prevent insurance companies from asserting that your
injuries were the result of another cause.
Is it ok to return to work? – Most car accident victims require time away from work to recuperate
and heal. Additionally, some injuries may remain dormant for days or even
weeks following a crash, causing victims to feel worse after their accident.
To avoid any issues securing time off, be sure to ask for a doctor recommendation
regarding the length of time you need to spend away from work. This will
also prove to be invaluable when seeking damages for lost wages and reduced
May I have copies of my medical records? – Insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits after car accidents
often require extensive documentation. As such, it is important you ask
your doctor for copies of all medical records regarding your treatment
and recommended future care. While many doctors will freely provide you
with everything you will need, if these records should not be given automatically,
you may need to submit a formal request.
Contact Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Albuquerque
car accident lawyers at Michael J. Doyle, Attorney at Law today. With
personalized, one-on-one advocacy backed by more than a decade’s
worth of legal experience, we have the know-how and resources to maximize
your chances of securing a fair settlement for your losses.
Call (505) 219-2176 or contact our office online
today to get started towards filing a claim.