If you have suffered an injury in a car accident, no matter how severe your injury is, the first thing you must do is seek medical attention. As soon as you see a doctor, it is important to ask him or her a number of questions that may help you with your car accident claim or personal injury lawsuit.
The following are the most important questions to ask your physician after a car crash:
- What is the full extent of my injuries? Some injuries—such as whiplash and internal injuries—can sometimes take hours or days to feel any type of symptom, which is why it is important to visit a doctor right away. He or she can figure out the exact nature of your injuries, how much time you need to recover, and what you should avoid while recovering.
- Are there any future health concerns that I should know? In the most severe cases, some injuries never quite heal completely. Ask your doctor if your injury has any long-term effects.
- What caused my injuries? While it may seem obvious that you suffered your injury in a car accident, your physician can tell you exactly how they happened.
- When can I go back to work? Injuries may typically require time off from your job to recover. If you need time off of work to recover, your doctor can provide you with a note. Furthermore, the written note can also help your injury claim since it details the severity of your injury.
- May I have copies of my medical records? For your injury claim, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible to prove the nature of your injuries from the crash. Documentation of your injury is one of the most important pieces of evidence to have. While most doctors will gladly fulfill your request upon asking them, some may need a formal request.