After a car accident, you’re probably wondering about what you need for your car accident claim. You know you need the information of the other person who was involved in the crash, but what about after that? It’s important to document everything from the crash scene to your medical records.
A West Virginia car accident lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you with your claim. We have years of experience with car accident claims and know what you need to get results.
What Notes Should You Get From Your Doctor?
When you’re recovering from a car accident, it’s important to get proof of everything so you can show what you’ve had to go through since the accident. Your medical records will help your claim and your settlement.
- Tests and X-rays. These can help prove your injuries and will note that you had to see a doctor or stay in a hospital for your injuries.
- Records of Visits to Your Doctor. This includes follow-up appointments or any reason you had to see your doctor for your car accident injuries.
- Medication for Your Injuries. Get copies of prescriptions or recommendations from your doctor to show that you needed to take medication.
- Your Treatment Plan. Your doctor may have a long term treatment plan. Providing this will prove that you’re going to need a certain amount of time to recover. This could include information about whether or not you can work.
You should document every kind of medical professional you see. If your doctor refers you to a chiropractor or physical therapist to continue your care, make sure to obtain notes from them that detail when and why you were there. When you return to work, you may require doctor’s notes from your primary care doctor as well as any specialists you see– especially if you are in the process of filing a legal claim.
What Should You Tell Your Doctor?
People tend to downplay their injuries or withhold some information from their doctor. It could be because of embarrassment or they don’t think the information is pertinent. But it’s vital for your health and your claim that you are honest and transparent with your doctor.
- Accurately Describe How You’re Feeling. If you’re feeling any pain, numbness, or any new sensation since the accident, you need to tell your doctor so they can treat the symptoms and it will be on record. Keeping this information to yourself could allow an injury to worsen.
- How Your Injuries Affect You. Talk about how your injuries affect your everyday life and make a record of it. Your injuries may prevent you from working, mobility, or you may also be experiencing psychological effects.
- Medical History. Doctors need to know about past injuries or illnesses to correctly assess your injuries and develop a treatment plan.
- Don’t Discuss Legal Matters. While your doctors will be providing records that you will use with your claim, they’re not your lawyer. They’re trying to make you better. Involving them legally could affect your case or they may not want to treat you.
Speaking honestly about your injuries and getting records of everything are two major actions you can take to help your claim. Your settlement will provide financial support for your medical expenses and lost wages if you weren’t able to work or will have to miss work in the future.