After being involved in a
car accident, it is imperative to visit your doctor, even if you only suffered minor
injuries. In many cases, symptoms of specific injuries are not immediately
apparent and may worsen over time, which is why a visit to your doctor
is one of the top priorities in the aftermath of a collision.
During your visit, it is in your best interest to disclose everything about
the accident to your doctor, as well as ask your doctor various questions
regarding your injury. Not only do these answers keep you informed of
the severity of your injuries and the overall recovery process, but they
also help you in your
personal injury claim.
The following are the most important questions you should be asking your
doctor after a car accident:
How severe are my injuries? Many people don’t feel the full extent of their injuries due to
the adrenaline coursing their body immediately after a car crash until
hours, perhaps days later. Complete disclosure is necessary, so your doctor
can explain all of your injuries and symptoms. Make sure you get all of
that in writing.
What are my future health risks? Some severe injuries have lasting effects which may be lingering, permanent
debilitations. Ask your doctor if your injuries have long-term consequences,
or is there is anything you need to do to prevent permanent damage.
When can I return to work? If you work or attend school, ask your doctor if you should take time
off to recover. Obtain a doctor’s note which accounts for expected
recovery time. If your employer denies your request, make sure you get
that denial in writing since it could prove useful in your case.
Can I get copies of my medical records? When filing a personal injury claim, it is important to have copies of
your medical records. Most doctors will give you copies of any documentation
you need; however, a formal request might be necessary for some, so be
sure to ask.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent driver
in New York,
contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP and schedule a
free consultation with our New York City personal injury lawyers today.