Information You Might Need From Your Doctor After An Accident

Posted on: 25 August 2021

If you do not have any medical training, you might have a difficult time understanding the injuries you have suffered as a result of your accident. However, you will need to understand your injuries if you will be taking legal action against the party that is responsible for your injuries. Fortunately, your attorney and your physician will be able to help with this.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Ask your doctor about what areas of your body were injured and whether the injuries are mild, moderate, or severe. If your back was injured, ask about the specific number of vertebrae that were affected. Every detail about your injury can play a role in your case.

Ask About Whether You Will Need Future Treatment

Have your doctor explain in detail any treatments you may need, how long they might last, and how much they might cost. You will be able to receive compensation for medical expenses you can reasonably anticipate in the future. You may require surgery, medication, office visits, and physical therapy to fully recover. 

Ask your doctor about whether you will need extended bed rest to fully recover from your injuries. This will determine if you will be able to go back to work. You might be suffering from unbearable pain and certain painkillers might alleviate your pain, but these painkillers might also come with side effects that can affect your ability to function day-to-day.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Each case is different and you will need to know what questions your doctor should be asked that will be relevant to your case. Then, it will be easier to file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for your injuries. There will likely be specific medical documents that your personal injury attorney will need when building your case.

For example, the defendant might argue that the injuries you are seeking compensation for are a result of a pre-existing condition. If the pre-existing condition was the same prior to the accident, you may not be entitled to compensation for that particular injury. However, if your pre-existing condition was made worse by the accident and medical records can prove this, you may receive compensation. 

At the same time, there may be some medical records that are not relevant to your case. An attorney can help you sort through these documents to avoid wasting time. Contact a personal injury attorney to learn more.