Tips on Seeking Medical Care During a Car Accident Case

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Tips on Seeking Medical Care During a Car Accident Case

May 22, 2023
By Lafferty Gallagher Scott

After an accident, medical documentation is essential not only to your well-being but also to building a successful claim. If you were hurt in an accident, your first step should be to seek medical attention and treat any injuries. All associated medical costs due to the crash are some of the most important damages that you can seek. The medical care you must undergo can act as your claim’s foundation. 

However, you should be aware of the nuances of receiving medical care after an accident and how they can impact the amount of compensation you receive. The personal injury attorneys of Lafferty Gallagher & Scott are here to guide you through the process. We understand that you’re under a lot of stress, and you may not be aware of the many pitfalls you can encounter as you seek the compensation you deserve. Receive guidance specific to your case at a consultation. 

Do: Get Medical Help Immediately

Whether your injury is severe or not, visit a doctor at the soonest opportunity. While some car crash victims are immediately aware of pain, the emotional shock may leave you feeling too numb to know the full extent of your injuries. Many injuries, such as soft tissue tears, broken bones and concussions, are overshadowed by the high emotions the victim is experiencing. By receiving care immediately, you are not just protecting your health: our attorneys can use this as evidence that your injuries were urgent, strengthening your claim. 

Don’t: Delay Medical Care

Any gap in the time between the accident and the first time you seek medical care can become problematic to your claim. Waiting to visit a doctor makes it easier for the opposing party’s insurance company to minimize your injuries and the settlement you can receive. Don’t delay medical care: prioritize your safety and maximize your chances of a successful claim

Do: Discuss Your Injuries in Detail With a Doctor

At your doctor’s appointment, discuss your injuries, diagnosis and treatment in-depth. The appointment should entirely focus on your car accident injuries to ensure you receive the best possible care. Doing so will also improve the quality and accuracy of the medical documentation we can use for your case. 

Don’t: Discuss Unrelated Medical Matters

Your doctor’s appointment should only be about the injuries sustained in your accident, not unrelated medical conditions. Document all symptoms that started from the crash and avoid discussing the details of the event, preexisting health conditions and your medical history. Insurance companies use any information they can to underscore your injuries and reduce your claim. Stay on topic to reduce the risks of this occurring. 

Do: Support Good Communication Between Your Attorney and Doctor

Some injuries require you to see various medical providers to heal: chiropractors, physical therapists and surgeons, to name a few. Our attorneys will communicate closely with the doctors you visit to ensure we are on the same page. We will ensure you share only the information needed to support your claim. 

Contact our car accident lawyers today if you are ready to file your claim for compensation. We understand the impacts that a car accident can have on your life, and we are prepared to help you pursue your entitled compensation. 










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