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What to do when you see a doctor after a car accident

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2018 | Firm News

Significant injuries can occur from car accidents of any severity. Fortunately, no one sustained serious injuries in a recent car crash in Gwinnett County when a car flipped and landed on a playground.

Regardless of how you may feel after a collision, it is always preferable to see a doctor shortly afterward. If seeing a medical professional immediately after your accident is not possible, then you should see a medical professional within 72 hours. To help your potential auto accident claim, you should take the following steps when you see a doctor:

Ask the physician the right questions

There are a few questions that you should ask your physician. The following questions will help with your own mental and physical well-being and assist your attorney later in the event that this incident goes to court:

  • When will I be able to return to work?
  • What would you say is the cause of these injuries?
  • Will I recover?
  • How serious is my condition?

Keep a journal of your medical progress

Right after the accident, you want to keep a journal of everything that transpires. You need to write down information related to your quality of life, symptoms and overall feelings. These notes should also include information about which doctor you see and the prescribed treatments. Every detail matters, including how much sleep you get at night.

Retain all medical documents

You also want to keep everything related to your doctor visits. This includes all the receipts, even if you only had to make a co-pay, so you can show a court later how much money you spent out of your own pocket. You should also maintain all communication records you have with your doctor and anyone else you consult with during this time. All this will help your case, so even if you do not have health insurance, you want to see a licensed professional after an auto accident.