What Does it Mean to be a Good Patient after an Auto Collision?

If you sustain an injury due to someone else’s negligence, , such as in an auto collision, good communication with your doctor and/or therapist and following through on their recommendations is critical for your health and well-being—and for receiving fair compensation from the at-fault party.

What Does It Mean To Be A Good Patient?

Being a good patient means keeping all your medical/therapy appointments. It also means giving the doctor or therapist detailed feedback on questions he/she asks you. Think about what you want to say and ask ahead of time; jot down notes prior to your appointment. Doctors and therapists aren’t mind readers; they need to know what kind of progress you’re making. A thorough and accurate medical record will bolster your personal injury claim.

Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations. Get prescriptions filled, carry out the exercise or stretching regimen they map out for you, and confirm what activities are OK and which ones are out of bounds. Get an idea of what developments in your recovery should prompt a call to the office.

Actions that can harm your personal injury claim include a delay in seeking medical treatment following an accident, skipping appointments, cutting off therapy early, and quitting treatment and then restarting weeks or months later, which creates a gap in your treatment record. All leave the door wide open for the at-fault party to argue that your injury is not as serious as you claim it is, or that your injury was caused by something else, not the accident in question.

Being a good patient and hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to receive fair compensation for your injuries.

Take Action Quickly

If you have been in a car accident, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner. 

We encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights.  To learn more, please read our free report, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, or call attorney Ben Crittenden today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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