Why Is It Important to Follow Your Doctor's Instructions After a Car Accident?

After a car accident, it’s important to see your doctor, even if you feel like you haven’t been injured. A thorough examination can rule out any injuries that may manifest later and can begin a medical record of the accident. This will be necessary when you later need to settle your claim with insurance companies.

After you see your doctor, you’ll likely be sent home with instructions regarding activity levels, medication, or other treatments you’ll need to recover from the accident. If you’re feeling good, you may not want to restrict your activity to meet these instructions. There are good reasons to follow your doctor’s instructions, however.

Insurance Companies

Insurance companies seek to pay out the minimum amount of damages possible. They will look for any reason they can use to reduce your settlement. They may claim you have exaggerated your injuries. Your medical record of your examination and any tests performed can be used to show the true extent of your injuries. Insurance companies may also argue that you hindered your healing or worsened your injuries by failing to follow your doctor’s instructions for care. Carefully following your doctor’s instructions, scheduling checkup appointments to track your recovery progress, and recording your treatments or medication can help you prove that you have been following directions.

Your Well-Being

It is also important to follow your doctor’s orders for your own health. You may have an injury that can be worsened by ignoring your doctor’s instructions, even if you feel fine. Avoid causing further injury or slowing your recovery by always carefully following any directions your doctor gives you.

What Should You Do?

Protecting your claim is important, so you should do everything you can to eliminate reasons for insurance companies to settle for less compensation than you deserve. You can take action to help your claim, and ensure that you receive appropriate payment for your damage. So what should you do to care for yourself and your claim?

You need to maintain contact with any healthcare providers involved, including your doctor and any specialists you are referred to. Keep them up to date on your symptoms, and let them know if you have new symptoms or pain. Regular contact can help you catch any other injuries before they become more serious, and can allow your treatment to be adjusted as needed, based on your recovery.

Attend all appointments with your doctor, physical therapist, or specialists. If you need to cancel an appointment, document the reason and reschedule for as soon as you possibly can. Missing appointments without reason or failing to reschedule them can lead insurance companies to question the severity of your injuries. If you are referred to a specialist, follow up and make an appointment with them.

If you are prescribed medications, take them as directed. You should also keep a record that includes the dates and details of all medical appointments and treatments. A good way to do this is a daily journal, which can also serve to document the ways your injuries have affected you in your day-to-day activities.

When proving that you have taken appropriate steps to help your recovery, documentation is key. Maintaining records of all your treatments, medications, appointments can prove that you have invested time, money, and energy into your treatment. Medical bills, journals, medical records, and prescriptions can all be used to show that you have followed your doctor’s instructions as well.

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