Don’t Make These Mistakes When Seeing an Accident Doctor

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Athletic Performance and Chiropractic Care
June 24, 2019

The Chambers Medical Group has been treating injury patients for thirty years. During that time, we have helped thousands of patients through this most arduous process. We thought it would be helpful to discuss some of the errors that accident victims make and teach each of you how to avoid those mistakes. Many people think finding an accident attorney is the first thing that they should do following an accident, when, they should be looking for an accomplished and seasoned accident doctor.

 The most important thing you must keep in mind, following your accident is that anything you say to anyone, (including your family and friends) may become information that the insurance company can obtain. Your visit to the doctor will be well documented in your medical records. Likewise, you can rest assured that your medical records are going to wind up in the hands of the insurance company or lawyer defending your personal injury claim. For that reason, you need to be keenly aware of the mistakes that can harm your claim. There are core fundamentals you need to adhere to when seeing your doctor.

  • Always be honest, do not ever tell us what you think we may want to hear. As your doctor we are here to help ease the pain from your accident. We will be dictating what you are telling us and what you say will become part of your medical record. You must tell us every symptom you are experiencing no matter how small. If something doesn’t quite seem right with you, please let us know so we can document that in your medical record. For example, if you have knee pain following the accident and don’t tell us and we don’t document it into the medical record, and down the road surgery is required—the insurance company will not pay for the surgery because they will say that it was unrelated to the accident. Telling the doctor EVERYTHING…is especially important.
  • Never miss a scheduled appointment
  •  Do not allow your accident attorney to try to guide your medical care. As your doctor, we will not allow it. Our priority is your health. In the process, we will do an excellent job of documenting your injuries. This will allow your attorney to do his job in an efficient manner.

Follow these five rules –

I) See Your Accident Doctor Immediately After Your Accident

If you are feeling pain or other symptoms after an accident, come see us immediately. Your result will be much better with prompt care. You would be amazed how many injury victims try to tough it out for weeks after an accident, hoping that the pain will go away on its own. As doctors we can assure you that you are probably going to regret that you waited so long to seek medical treatment.  

II) Do not miss your medical appointments

From the very beginning of your medical treatment until the very last do not miss an appointment. If, for some reason, you cannot keep a scheduled doctor’s appointment or therapy appointment, be sure to call the office and let them know, in detail, exactly why you cannot make the appointment. Also, be sure to reschedule the appointment. The insurance companies love it when you miss appointments—it makes their case that much stronger.

III) Remember the facts

 Always describe in detail what happened in the accident, and every symptom that you may be having no matter how small. Waiting too long to see your doctor may make it difficult to recall some of the events that occurred.

IV) Be honest about your health history

We are your doctor and are here to help you, not judge you. Tell us everything. We rely on your past medical history to diagnose and treat. You must be completely honest and tell us about all your past medical history and especially about any previous accidents. We also want to know if you were still having any problems from a previous accident. You need to help us understand which of your problems are a result of your previous accident, and which of your problems are from the current accident. It is quite common for the second accident to make the injuries from the first accident worse There is a strong possibility that the insurance company will ask us about any prior injury or prior medical treatment. They may also get a copy of all your past medical records.

V) Do not talk to us about your legal case

We enjoy practicing medicine and taking care of our patients. Our primary concern is the diagnosis and treatment of your medical condition. If your lawyer needs any information from us, he/she will contact our office and we will be happy to provide the information that is requested.

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