There is a lot that goes on after a Virginia car crash. You have the other driver’s insurance company to deal with, missed time from work, and aches and pains. It is hard to think of everything that has to be done, and shouldn’t be done. However, when it comes to your medical care, you need to take the right approach.

First and foremost, don’t ever wait to see a doctor after an accident. If you’re hurt, you need to be checked out. It’s that simple. Yet, showing up to the medical appointment unprepared could hurt you in the long run. If you choose to pursue a personal injury claim, you need to make sure your doctor knows everything about what is going on. Below are some tips to help you get the most out of your appointment:

  1. Explain your past medical history. If your doctor isn’t aware of medical problems you have had previously, make sure he or she does now.
  2. Don’t embellish the details of the accident. Be forthright with your physician on how the accident happened and don’t exaggerate.
  3. Bring a list of your symptoms. It is all too easy to forget to tell the doctor of a symptom or two. Prepare a list at home and bring it with you to your appointment.

If your injuries are significant, you might want to reach out to a lawyer for help. The law firm of Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas may be able to help you. Call us today at our Warrenton office at 540-341-0007. We also have many more locations to help you.

Andrew Thomas
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Working with Andrew and his team has been--without exception--one of the most pleasant, productive, and professional experiences of my adult life. I was seriously injured in an accident in July, 2018, in Virginia. I was driving a company vehicle that was registered in Maryland, for a company that was based in Wisconsin. And I live in New Jersey, where my personal vehicles are insured. The several jurisdictions involved presented a very unique case that demanded an experienced and nuanced strategy. I found Andrew Thomas (of Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas) through some online research. And it is noteworthy that Andrew has worked the other side of the aisle--he used to work with insurance companies. Andrew took on my case with the assurance that he would work it with no less energy than he does each of his cases. At each turn, and with each question I had, Andrew and Paralegal Misty kept me informed, returned my calls, provided detailed explanations, and kept me feeling like I was in the loop and there was an eventual end to our journey. Nearly five years after the accident, we settled out of court for a significant sum in recognition of my personal injuries. The settlement was much more than I had expected. And without Andrew & Misty, I am sure the award would have been much less. If you are looking for professionalism, knowledge, dedication, answerability, responsiveness, integrity, and human-level communication from a personal injury attorney--look no further. You have found him. Thank you, Andrew and Misty. Gary Daley
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