How to Communicate with Your Doctors About Your Injuries

October 26, 2017 Auto Accidents

Medical costs for injuries can be staggering. If you were injured because someone else was negligent, it is important that you do not let the issue of paying medical bills prevent you from seeking the treatment you need to recover. Further, it is important that you properly communicate with your doctors about your injuries.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “On average, each crash-related [Emergency Department] visit costs about $3,300 and each hospitalization costs about $57,000 over a person’s lifetime.” Crash injuries in 2012 totaled $18 billion in lifetime medical costs. Due to crash-related injuries, Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year receiving medical treatment.

How to Communicate with Your Doctors About Your Injuries

First, it is critical to be honest with your health care providers about your symptoms and concerns. They are there to help you, not to judge you. Second, if you are pursuing a personal injury claim to recover the compensation you deserve, how you communicate with your doctors may be an important factor in your case.

The insurance company’s goal is to give you as little money as possible in compensation for your injures and losses. The will use any means necessary to justify not paying you the full value of your claim. As you are moving forward with treatment, you want to avoid doing anything that the insurance company can later use against you.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

After you’re injured, it is critical that you seek medical attention immediately. First, it is important that you get the proper medical care you need to treat your injuries and to recover properly. Second, medical care develops crucial evidence in your claim for compensation. Your medical care is an important factor in proving one of the elements of a Nebraska personal injury case: that you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or malfeasance.

You do not want the insurance company or a jury to believe that if you were not hurt badly enough to seek immediate medical attention, that you were not hurt badly enough to deserve compensation.

Fully Disclose Your Health History to Your Doctor and Medical Care Providers

It is important that you are honest and clear about any injuries or illnesses you had prior to the current problem, prior to the injury. First, incomplete information can impact the quality of medical care you receive. Second, concealing a prior injury may hurt your personal injury claim. If you withhold previous injuries it can be used against you to say that your injuries, or the extent of your injuries, were not the result of the recent accident. Not being honest and upfront with your medical care providers may harm your credibility in your case.

Report Your Pain To the Doctor

It is important that the pain you suffered be part of your medical records. It is important that the jury, opposing counsel, and the insurance company be able to read about your pain in your medical records. Do not exaggerate your pain, but make sure that you are clear with your doctor about any pain you experience, how it affects your ability to complete daily tasks, and how it impacts your quality of life.

Inform Your Doctor If Your Injury Is Harming Your Ability to Work

The insurance company or jury will not believe that your injury affected your ability to work just because you say it did – they need to see proof. If your injury adversely affects your ability to work, make sure you convey that to your doctor.

This helps to ensure that you get the proper medical care you need to recover from your injuries and return to work, and also ensures your medical records are complete.

Follow Through on Your Medical Treatments

Follow through on medical treatments recommended to you, take all prescribed medication, do not stop treatment too soon, and carefully follow the advice of your health care providers. If you have questions about your treatment, need more information, or are concerned that it may not be right for you, then communicate with your providers about your concerns. Do not put yourself in a position where you have to later defend why you did not follow your doctor’s advice.

Keep A Journal of Your Injuries

A journal of your injuries can serve as a powerful tool in your personal injury lawsuit. The better documented your injuries are, and the way you are affected by them, the more likely it is that you will be awarded the full compensation you deserve. Learn more in our article Should I Keep A Journal of My Injuries?

When you have suffered a serious injury because of someone else’s negligence, you do not have to bear the burden of the cost of your medical treatment.

Call us today (402)558-4900 or contact us via the web to schedule a free personal injury case consultation. You will speak directly with an attorney at Matthew G. Miller. During the free personal injury case consultation our goal is to understand your situation and educate you on your legal rights.

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