What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?

Posted By Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law

5 Apr. 2017

Whether you suffered minor injuries or more serious ones, one of the most important things to do immediately after a car accident is to see a doctor. Sometimes symptoms of certain injuries are not immediately apparent and may become worse over time.

When you come in for a visit, it is in your best interest to tell your doctor everything about the accident, as well as ask him or her questions regarding your injury. In addition to being informed about the severity of your injuries and the details of your recovery process, answers to these questions can also help your personal injury claim.

The most important questions you should be asking your doctor after a car accident include:

  • What is the full extent of my injuries? Many people don’t understand how severe their injuries really are until hours or even days later. It is imperative to disclose all of your symptoms and injuries to your doctor. Furthermore, ensure that you get all of your injuries and symptoms in writing.
  • What are my future health risks? Some serious injuries have lasting effects that can potentially last for a long period of time, perhaps a lifetime. Ask your doctor if any of your injuries have future consequences, or is there anything you must to do to prevent further damage.
  • How much time off will you have from work? Ask your doctor is you need to take time off from work or school to recover. Make sure you get a note that includes the amount of time you need for complete recovery.
  • Can I have copies of my medical records? Most doctors will provide you with the records necessary for your personal injury claim, but there are many who may want a formal request, so be sure to ask.

If you suffered a serious injury after being involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in New Jersey, contact our Bergen County personal injury attorney at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law for a free case evaluation today.

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