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What You Should & Shouldn’t Do at the Doctor’s Office after a Virginia Crash

You may have heard of mistakes to avoid after a Virginia car wreck, but did you also know there are mistakes that should be avoided with your medical care? When you are hurt in an accident that was caused by the other driver, there are so many areas in which you have to “dot your I’s and cross your T’s.” The medical treatment you obtain following a crash falls into this category.


Mistakes to Avoid with Your Medical Care

You might know you are injured from the accident, but the other driver’s insurance company might not be so certain. Therefore, be very meticulous in how you approach your doctor visits and other medical appointments. In addition, below is a list of mistakes to avoid.

  1. Not giving your doctor the entire picture. You must tell your doctor everything—not just the injuries from the wreck, but also your past medical history. If you were hurt a long time ago or have been suffering from an ailment, make sure your doctor knows. Your medical provider can be instrumental in helping you recover compensation for your accident claim, so make sure he or she is fully informed.
  2. Waiting to get medical care. This particular point has been brought up before in other articles on our website. It is an important one, though, and therefore worth mentioning again. Don’t delay getting medical attention. It might seem like good sense to wait to see if you feel better, but such a delay can be detrimental to your health and your injury claim, should you pursue one.
  3. Forgetting to tell your doctor about all of your aches and pains. You want your injuries to be well-documented by your physician. It is wise to make a running list at home of where you are hurting, your symptoms, and so on. Bring this list with you to your medical appointments.


When to Call a Lawyer

A car accident doesn’t automatically mean you need a lawyer. Many times, personal injury claims can be successfully resolved with the insurance company. However, when there are serious injuries, things can become difficult. In that circumstance, a lawyer can step in on your behalf and negotiate with the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve.


For more information, contact a Gainesville car accident attorney at the law firm of Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas by calling 540-341-0007. The consultation is free.