After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, one of your first priorities should be to seek medical treatment, regardless if you feel fine or not. It is not uncommon for severe injuries to seem minor at first, so try erring on the side of caution and make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible. In the event that you decide to file a personal injury claim, the paper trail you create will help support your case.
While you are at your doctor’s office for a visit, make sure you ask the following questions:
- What are my injuries and how will they affect me? Try to understand the details of your injury as much as possible. This will help make the recovery process go much smoother. Additionally, make sure the doctor’s instructions are clear to you, so you can achieve a speedy and effective recovery. If there is something about your injury or treatment that is unclear to you, ask for clarification. Whatever you do, make sure you do not leave your doctor’s office wishing you asked more questions.
- Will the injury I sustained result in future health concerns? Not all injuries are able to fully heal. Ask your doctor if the injuries you suffered are likely to have long-term effects and if there are any treatments that can possibly reduce the pain and discomfort they might cause.
- What caused my injuries? Of course, you are visiting your doctor because you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, but you should also understand the specifics of how you were injured. If you suffered a concussion, is it because your head hit the steering wheel? Your doctor might not be able to provide a precise answer as to what caused your injuries, but an expert’s opinion still goes a long way in these situations.
- Will I be able to return to work? Oftentimes, injured victims need to take time off from work to achieve a fast and full recovery, so make sure you ask your doctor if you should take time off and when it is okay to return to work. If your doctor recommends that you take some time off from work, make sure he or she provides a written letter. This will also be helpful in strengthening your claim, so you can obtain compensation.
- Can I have copies of my medical records? In a personal injury claim, thorough documentation is critical, so make sure you obtain all copies of your medical records. Typically, most doctors will happily provide these records if you ask, but some might require a more formal request. Whatever steps you need to take to obtain these records, follow through with them to ensure you have all the documentation you need for your claim.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Marysville
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by another party’s negligent or careless actions, you need to seek skilled legal assistance as soon as possible. At Bridges, Jillisky, Streng, Weller & Gullifer, LLC in Marysville, our team of personal injury attorneys is backed by over 40 years of combined legal experience that we will use to your advantage. We will do what is necessary to ensure the responsible party is held accountable.