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5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor After a Car Accident

The Collision Aftermath

Surviving any traffic collision can be an incredibly traumatic and confusing ordeal. Whether you’re involved in a rear-end bump or a 60-car pileup, there are many steps you must take to protect your health and interests. For instance, no matter the severity of the accident, it’s important to always call 911. Not only can emergency services assist any injured parties, but onsite law enforcement officials can develop an accident report that verifies the at-fault party’s culpability. If you aren’t seriously injured, it’s also imperative that you document the scene of the accident.

If possible, take the following actions after a traffic accident:

  • Call 911
  • Write down the names and phone numbers of any parties involved (including witnesses)
  • Take pictures of the other driver’s license and insurance information
  • Snap photos of the accident scene and the vehicles (including license plates)
  • If you’re a rideshare passenger, take screenshots of your receipt
  • Help the police complete the accident report; if you can, write down their names and badge numbers
  • Seek immediate medical attention

If you aren’t capable of taking these actions, you can ask a trusted friend or attorney to assist you.

How a Doctor Can Protect Both Your Health & Your Personal Injury Claim

Once law enforcement has completed their report, you need to make your way to a local hospital as soon as possible. If your car isn’t fit for travel, you can call a friend, family member, or rideshare driver for assistance. Of course, if an ambulance escorted you from the accident scene, you don’t really need to worry about transportation.

This is a critical step that must be completed even if you don’t think you’re injured. Some traffic collision injuries – particularly brain injuries – aren’t discernable to the untrained eye. In fact, many accident victims confuse cervical spine damage and concussions with whiplash, which can lead to serious physical and cognitive injuries without immediate medical assistance. Only a trained medical professional has the resources and clinical experience to properly examine your injuries, address your symptoms, prescribe treatment options, and order life-saving surgeries.

Visiting your doctor after an accident serves 3 vital purposes:

  1. It guarantees that your injuries are properly treated and documented by a qualified medical professional
  2. It validates your personal injury claim
  3. It prevents the defendant’s insurance company from claiming that your injuries warrant less damages

The defendant’s insurance company has only one goal: minimize their losses by limiting your damages. If you don’t seek medical attention in 7 days’ time, the insurance company may have grounds to claim that your injuries aren’t serious enough to warrant damages. You can counter this possibility by working with an attorney asking your doctor questions that can benefit your personal injury case.  

Ask your doctor these 5 questions to safeguard your right to damages:

  1. What are my injuries and how did they happen? While you know you sustained your injuries in a collision, you still need to understand how they occurred. For example, did you hit your head on the steering wheel? Or did the driver’s speed contribute to the severity of your back injury? This is important information that can impact your case.
  2. What is the full extent of my injuries? The answer to this question can help you understand the severity of your injury and the various steps involved in your recovery process. Your lawyer can use this information to calculate the existing and projected costs associated with your ongoing medical treatments and rehabilitative services. Because your attorney has this information prepared, the insurance company won’t be able to trick you into accepting an inadequate settlement or pushing for a verdict that doesn’t account for your injury-related debts.
  3. What related health concerns will I face in the future? You need to know if your current injuries will lead to long-term health issues or detrimental side effects. Taking steps now can mitigate your future suffering and ensure that you have the finances to afford continuous treatment programs.
  4. When can I go back to work? You may need time away from the office to focus on your recovery. A doctor can help you secure the time off you need and develop a treatment plan that gets you back to work as soon as possible. If you lose wages – or, in more tragic circumstances, your job – during this time, your attorney can fight for compensation that mitigates your losses.  
  5. Can I please have a copy of my medical records? Your medical record is important evidence in your personal injury case. This documentation lists your injuries and the treatments you’ve been prescribed, effectively safeguarding your claim. While most doctors are happy to provide this document to you, some facilities require a formal request as part of their standard procedure.

Schedule a Consultation Today

To learn more about the steps you need to take after a traffic collision, contact the Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today. Our team has over 60 years of collective legal experience and the resources to maximize your personal injury claim. During your appointment, we can evaluate your case, examine your legal options, and help you determine which negligent party or parties should be held accountable for your losses. With our help, you can secure the life-saving settlement or verdict your injuries and circumstances warrant.

We offer 24/7 legal services! Contact Bernstein & Poisson today at (702) 602-8869 to schedule a free case evaluation.