The Importance of Following Up With a Doctor After a Car Accident

Date: March 8, 2024
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The Importance of Following Up With a Doctor After a Car Accident

Even if you received treatment at the scene of an accident or were taken to the hospital right afterward, there is still much that you need to do regarding your health. Post-accident healthcare is an extended process, and you must follow every step. If you do not follow up on your health care after the accident, you may be placing your health in danger. Further, you may also be jeopardizing your right to total financial compensation for your injuries. Always make and keep doctor’s appointments and take medications as prescribed.

Follow-Up Steps After a Car Accident

Here are some things that you should do to follow up on your medical care after a car accident:

  • Review your doctor’s treatment plan and discuss it with them.
  • Schedule follow-up appointments after your appointment.
  • Attend all scheduled appointments with the doctor.
  • Get all prescriptions filled and take your medications.
  • Do not engage in any activities that could harm your insurance claim.
  • Go through a complete therapy regimen for your injuries as your doctor prescribes.

Getting Medical Attention Protects Your Case and Health

Your injuries may not show up right away after the car accident. While they are lurking beneath the surface, you may not notice any symptoms. However, it does not mean that you are okay. Always get full medical help, even if you do not think you have been injured. While you may not be penalized for undetected car accident injuries, you would pay a price if you delayed getting them diagnosed because of your inaction.

A brain injury is an example of a medical condition that may worsen without treatment. As an accident victim, you may have noticed some symptoms that are commonly associated with a concussion. Any doctor will tell you that you need to immediately seek medical help when there is even a possibility that you have a brain injury. Any type of brain injury can grow worse over time without prompt diagnosis and treatment.

How Insurance Companies View Victims Who Do Not Get Medical Care

The insurance company is watching closely what you do after a car accident. They will review all the details of your claim and go over everything they see with a fine-tooth comb. Not only are they looking to see the extent of your injuries, but they are also reviewing what you did to get help when needed. If you waited too long to see the doctor or did not follow up on your medical appointments, you could end up being penalized when it comes to your settlement.

If the insurance company sees that you have not done everything in your power, they may claim that their policyholder’s actions only caused part of your injury. The fourth step in the test for negligence is causation. The test is that your injuries would not have happened had it not been for the careless actions of the responsible party. When you have not gotten the medical care you need, the insurance company may say that you are the cause of some of the severity of your injury. They may then claim that they are not obligated to fully compensate you for all the harm you suffered because their policyholder was not to blame for all of it.

An experienced car accident lawyer can handle the details of your case, allowing you to focus on your health. In many cases, it is difficult for people to focus on both their health and the legal process. When you hire an experienced lawyer, you do not have to engage with the insurance company yourself.

Contact Our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC For Legal Help Today

Our New Jersey car accident lawyers at Kitrick, McWeeney & Wells, LLC can advise you on all aspects of the legal process after a motor vehicle crash. We offer free consultations to prospective clients. To schedule one, call us today at 732-920-8383 or contact us online. We have offices in Manasquan and Brick, New Jersey, and we serve clients in Middlesex County, Atlantic County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, and Ocean County.