If you have been injured in a
motor vehicle crash, there are a few things you can do to make sure you don't jeopardize
your chances of recovery. There are at least four tips you should follow
with regard to your medical treatment following a motor vehicle crash.
If you do, you will be protecting your legal claims.
Medical damages are a major part of your claim
Possibly the biggest component of a personal injury claim is medical damages.
These damages are calculated based on the medical expenses you incur from
obtaining treatment for your injuries. This includes not only the expenses
for treatment, but also for diagnosing your particular injuries. Tests
and other diagnostic tools also cost money.
Tip No. 1 – Always seek follow-up medical treatment
While most clients understand the importance of being seen at an emergency
room immediately after a motor vehicle crash, far too many do not seek
follow-up care with their family physician. However, follow-up care can
keep you from missing possible health complications or overlooked injuries
which would have an effect on the value of your damages.
Tip No. 2 – Be sure to report all of your symptoms
Probably the most commonly overlooked issue in a personal injury case,
especially a motor vehicle crash, are the minor symptoms. Many people
fail to realize that even the smallest aches and pains could be related
to the crash. So, don't forget to mention the headaches, dizziness
or other minor symptoms you have been experiencing since the crash. These
minor symptoms may be a sign of a more serious injury.
Tip No. 3 – Recognize your physical limitations
You can also jeopardize your damages award by reinjuring yourself and causing
a setback. If you don’t recognize your physical limitations and
push yourself while you are still recovering that could be a problem.
For instance, if you insist on going back to work before you should, you
will be reducing your potential compensation for lost wages.
Tip No. 4 - Follow your physician's instructions
It is crucial that you follow the instructions your healthcare providers
give you regarding your treatment. If you do not, the opposing party will
certainly use that against you to suggest that you are not really injured.
If you have concerns about your physician's proposed treatment plan,
discuss that with him or her, instead of simply ignoring the recommendations
you were given. If that doesn't help, you can always get a second opinion.
If you have questions regarding motor vehicle crashes, or any other personal
injury matters, contact us
online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC at (205) 381-4787.