If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you might be facing weeks to months of rehabilitation and recovery. While the prospect of facing a long course of rehabilitation might sound overwhelming, there are many things individuals can do to take control of their medical care and recovery process. What are some steps you can take to help the recovery process following a car accident go as smoothly as possible? Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Inform your car insurance company that you’ve been in an accident right away. But, be aware that you don’t have to provide details about the accident over the phone. Ask to be contacted about the accident in writing, and leave sorting out who will pay for your medical bills to your personal injury attorney, like the Law Office of Robert Gregg in Dallas, Texas. If you’ve been seriously injured and another person was at fault for your crash, a personal injury lawyer can navigate the insurance claims process and speak to adjusters to help you get the best possible recovery permitted under the law.
- Seek emergency medical attention after your accident. Even if you feel fine after a crash, some serious injuries like traumatic brain injury might not be immediately apparent after an accident.
- Follow up with medical providers and specialists. If you’ve been seriously injured and are facing a long road to recovery, you may have a range of appointments after you are released from the hospital. It is incredibly important to stay on top of these appointments. Keep detailed medical records of medications you are taking, your diagnosis, and appointments in one place so that when you visit the doctor the information is handy.
- Take notes and bring questions to each doctor’s appointment. If you’ve been seriously injured, you probably have many questions. The New York Times recommends that you bring a notebook and a pen to your doctor’s appointment and that you prepare a list of questions you might have before your appointment. It is easy to forget your questions in the middle of the doctor’s office, so going in prepared can make a world of difference. Your own notes, however, are no replacement for having detailed medical records provided by the hospital and doctor’s office.
- Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. If you are told that you’ll need surgery after a car accident or if you are put on a specific rehabilitation treatment plan, you might want to consider getting a second opinion before moving forward with any one treatment plan.
- Ask questions and have a plan for healing when you return home. The psychological impact of a personal injury can be severe. Talk to your doctor about what you’ll need when you return home. Will you need short-term or long-term nursing care? Do you need to consider your mental health as well as your medical health? Brainline notes that for traumatic brain injury patients, counseling can sometimes be beneficial.
If you have been hurt in a car accident or due to the negligence or neglect of another person or party, you may have many questions about the next steps. Keep your focus on healing. Reach out to the Law Office of Robert Gregg in Dallas, Texas today to learn more about how we may be able to help you get the recovery you may deserve under the law.