If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, it's important to know what to do. You should be seen by a doctor in an emergency room, an urgent care clinic, or at your doctor's office. Read on for more information concerning your initial doctor's visit after a car accident.
It's important to provide the doctor with accurate and detailed information about the accident and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Here's what you should tell the doctor at the emergency room:
Tell them about the accident: Provide a brief description of what happened, including the type of accident, the point of impact, and any injuries you sustained. In most cases, emergency room personnel are very interested in what happened because it helps them care for you better. For instance, it's vital that you tell medical personnel that you may have struck your head in the accident. Brain injuries may only show up later, but they can be deadly.
Describe your symptoms: Let the doctor know about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing, as well as any other symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or headache. Whiplash is a common injury after an accident. The head jerks forward away from the neck when the car is stuck or comes to a sudden stop. Whiplash may cause some of the above symptoms at first and the pain will come later. Your doctor can diagnose whiplash with a scan.
Discuss your medical history: If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or have had any prior injuries or surgeries, make sure to tell the doctor. For example, if you have artificial joints, they need to check for any shifting or loosening.
Provide a list of medications: Make sure to tell the doctor about any medications you are currently taking, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements.
Answer questions about the accident: The doctor may ask you additional questions about the accident, such as whether you were wearing a seatbelt or if you lost consciousness. This part of your exam can help the doctor diagnose any confusion, memory loss, cognitive difficulties, and more.
Follow the doctor's instructions: The doctor may order tests or imaging studies to evaluate your condition. Make sure to follow their instructions and ask any questions you may have. Failure to do so is not only bad for your health but can affect your ability to be paid for your accident.
Providing accurate and complete information to the doctor can help ensure that you receive appropriate treatment and that your medical records reflect the injuries you sustained in the accident. For additional help and guidance, speak to a personal injury lawyer.