The Importance of Following Doctor’s Orders After an Accident

following doctor's ordersAfter a car accident, most crash victims know to seek medical care. In some cases, the need for care is clear and victims are transported immediately to a hospital. In other instances, those involved in the crash may simply visit a doctor later that day or the next. Regardless of the extent of your injuries, simply seeking care is not enough. It’s important to follow your doctor’s orders fully and see your treatment plan all the way through. Not only is this best for your health, it also will help support your legal injury claim.

Insurance Companies Will Investigate Your Treatment

Personal injury cases are based on the fact that an injury occurred, and the injury victim has endured physical and financial stress due to that injury. In these cases, insurance companies can be forced to compensate victims for medical bills, lost wages, and more. To protect their own interests, insurance companies will investigate you and your claim. If they see that a victim initially visited a doctor but then ignored the provider’s instructions, they will attempt to claim that an injury doesn’t exist or wasn’t severe enough to even warrant treatment. If there was no real injury, they will claim, there is no reason to provide compensation to the victim.

Medical records provide some of the most solid proof of car accident injuries. Every visit and medication refill is recorded by those offices, and it is easy for insurance companies and the courts to see the steps in a victim’s recovery process.

Follow All Parts of Your Treatment Plan in a Timely Manner

This is why it is very important to fully follow your provider’s advice. Only a medical professional may understand that complex nature of your injury and the potential consequences it may have on your health both today and in the future. In some cases, a crash victim may feel fine and stop following his treatment plan. While it is understandable, it can have serious negative consequences for your health and your legal claim. It is very important to follow all your doctor’s orders, including:

  • Taking all medications. It can be difficult to remember to take medication, and obtaining medication can be expensive. However, it is important to finish any prescriptions to obtain the maximum benefit.
  • Attending all follow up visits. Failing to show up for an appointment (or multiple appointments) makes it difficult for a provider to offer appropriate care. It also may appear that the victim is not concerned about his injury.
  • Participating in rehabilitation. Rehabilitation can be hard, painful work. It can be time consuming, but it also can provide many positive benefits for your health. Like other visits, failing to attend these sessions decreases your chance of a successful recovery both physically and legally.
  • Refrain from certain activities until a doctor approves them. Insurance companies will investigate all aspects of your life, including your personal life. For example, if you suffer a leg injury, but the insurance company finds photos of you running in a race or playing a backyard basketball game on social media, they will use this against you. Be sure you are cleared for all physical activities by your doctor.

An Attorney Can Help You Find and Maintain Medical Care

Many accident victims simply wish they could go back to their normal lives after a crash. They want to heal and return to their jobs, families, and the activities they enjoy. The most effective way to do so is to follow the advice of your medical providers. Additionally, being a conscientious patient will help you build a strong legal case, so you can obtain all the compensation you need to move forward.

From his Anchorage office, attorney Ben Crittenden helps accident victims all over Alaska be successful after an accident. Not only can he help you understand your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve, he can make sure your award is protected from those who may seek to take advantage of you. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a car accident, call Ben today or request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your legal options.