Car accidents have the potential to result in many different types of injuries, some of which can require emergency intervention or extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. If you or someone you love has been recently hurt in a car wreck, your health and well-being should always be a priority. As such, it is strongly recommended that you seek a medical evaluation as soon as you can after being involved in a wreck.
At the Law Offices of Dan Davis, our personal injury attorneys have helped numerous men and women across Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas after they were hurt in preventable wrecks, including crashes involving commercial trucks, negligent drivers, and more. Because we know accident victims need support and experienced counsel as soon as possible after a wreck, we make ourselves available 24/7 to review the situation, explain how the personal injury claim process works, and move forward with helping clients secure the medical treatment and financial compensation they need.
Whether you or a loved one were transported to the emergency room after an accident, have already met initially with a medical professional, or have not year gotten around to seeing a doctor, it is important to know what you can do to not only ensure you receive care for your injuries, but also to make sure the right steps are being taken should you choose to file a personal injury claim.
Below are a few things to remember when seeing a doctor following a motor vehicle accident:
- What do they want to know – When seeing a doctor, especially for an initial assessment, you can take the reins by asking the doctor what it is they want to know. Typically, they will want you to explain what happened during your crash, such as where and how it happened, and what happened to you during the collision. In addition to telling them about the crash itself, you can explain the injuries you suffered or the symptoms you have been experiencing. Sometimes injuries will not present themselves immediately after an accident, so be aware that you can also express these issues should you begin to experience pain or discomfort at a later time. Because there’s often a lot of information doctors need during the initial evaluation, you can prepare by writing everything down and taking notes of your injuries and symptoms.
- What tests can they use – If you have concerns about injuries that may not be readily apparent, or if you are unsure about what it is that is causing you pain or adverse symptoms, you can ask the doctor what types of tests may be available based on the information you have provided. If you are experiencing headaches, dizziness, or nausea, for example, it may be an indication that you suffered a head injury. There are many different types of tests that can be used in this situation, including MRIs, EEG brain wave tests, and more.
- What treatment options you have – When the doctor has a better understanding of your injuries and pain, you can ask what types of treatment options you may have available. In some cases, there might not be many options, especially if surgery is required. In others, and even after surgery, you can ask questions to get a better picture of the types of treatments or even medications that could potentially help you treat and recover from the injury, such as physical therapy, injections, chiropractic care, and others.
- Future health concerns – Injuries can and often do have a lasting impact on victims. To address these issues, speak openly with your doctor about what they think recovery will be like, and whether there are any health concerns you should be aware of as you recover. Your doctor can also provide information about certain behaviors or things you can do to limit future health risks or pain, such as making accommodations or avoiding certain types of activity.
- Work concerns – If your injuries impact your ability to perform your job, or prevent you from doing the type of work you usually perform, ask your doctor if you should take time off work. Physicians understand the importance of recovering after an accident, and they can provide a note for time off. You should also remember that trying to tough it out or working through pain can make your injuries worse, so ask your doctor about any work concerns you have.
Because our legal team has worked with many car accident victims over the years, and because we work closely with medical experts and physicians, we can provide more information about seeking medical care when you reach out to us. To get started, contact the Law Offices of Dan Davis for a free consultation.