Sometimes, injuries after a car accident can take hours, days, or even weeks to show symptoms. By this time, the situation may be more serious and lead to even more issues.
It is best to seek treatment immediately after an accident to ensure this does not happen. You should also contact Connecticut car accident lawyers to help with your claim.
Some of the questions to ask your doctor when being treated after a car accident can be found here.
1. What Is the Full Impact and Severity of Your Injuries?
If you are like most people, you do not want to think about your physical issues after a car accident. However, getting to know the extent of your injuries can be beneficial. Understanding what is going on with your body makes it easier to understand the recovery process.
When you ask this question, your doctor may use terms to describe your condition that are unfamiliar. If this occurs, ask them to clarify. You can also request that they use as few medical terms as possible. Some of the details that you need to know include the following:
- What activities do you need to avoid now, and when can you engage in them again?
- How long will your recovery take?
- Are there any specific activities you need to do to help you heal faster?
2. What Was the Cause of Your Injury?
Sometimes, you may not feel that this question is necessary. However, getting your doctor’s medical opinion about the cause of your injury is important to your case and your ability to recover from the injuries or to recover damages.
The more details you have about what caused your injuries, the more you can provide to your attorney. This will help them show who is liable and why.
In some situations, your doctor may not be able to provide a detailed answer about the cause of your injuries, or they may be able to immediately. While this is true, you should still get as many details as possible from your doctor.
- What Future Health Issues Will You Experience Due to Your Injuries?
Along with knowing the full impact of your injuries and what limitations they can cause, it is important to know if your condition will worsen as time passes. Some wounds or injuries may only heal partially or never heal at all. Also, other injuries can cause other health problems as you get older.
It is wise to understand the long-term health issues you will experience after an accident and work to recover and address them. This means you need to understand the possible treatments, medication, and therapy you may need in the future. Establishing these future needs will help your attorney understand the true costs of your injuries.
4. Will You Be Able to Return to Work?
Besides receiving compensation for the medical treatment you need, your lawyer will help you recover damages for any lost wages or diminished earning capacity caused by your injuries. However, your work limitations must be clear to do this successfully.
Your doctor’s opinion about whether you can return to work and when will help you figure out the compensation you deserve. When asking about when you can go back to work, some of the specific things you need to ask include the following:
- Can you do the same work you did before being in the accident?
- Will the medications you must take impact your ability to work?
- Will you face additional risks after you go back to work?
5. What Type of Medications Will You Need?
Your doctor may prescribe pain medicine if you are dealing with extreme discomfort caused by your injuries. Anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids are often used after a car accident, too. Antibiotics might also be needed if you sustain a burn injury or deep laceration. You need to ask your doctor if the prescriptions are really needed for your injury.
Even if your doctor prescribes medications for your injuries, they may also recommend OTC (over-the-counter) meds, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. While this is true, you should only take these after asking your doctor first. Sometimes, OTC and prescription medications may interact negatively.
6. Do You Need to Go to a Specialist?
Sometimes, the injuries you sustain in a car accident will require specialized treatment. You should ask your doctor if you need specialist treatment for an injury to a specific body part.
An example would be if you experienced a brain injury. In this case, you may need treatment from a neurologist. If you damage a kidney or your spleen, then going to an internal medicine doctor may be required.
Your treating doctor can tell you what type of specialist care you may need (if any).
7. How Long Will Your Car Accident Treatment Last?
When it comes to car accident treatment duration, it will vary based on your injuries. Be sure to ask your doctor how long you will have to undergo treatment. For some, this may be the rest of their life.
Contact Connecticut Car Accident Lawyers for Help
If you are involved in a car accident, our Connecticut car accident lawyers at Johnathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you with your case and ensure you get the medical treatment you need. We are here to help you with your case and will use the information provided by your doctor to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free initial consultation.