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.
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.