Accident Aftermath—The Importance of Seeing a Doctor and Following Medical Advice
Whether you experience a car accident, a slip and fall, or any other kind of accidental injury, seeing a medical professional is important. Then, once you have been to the doctor, you need to follow instructions supplied by your healthcare professional closely. Here are the reasons why.
Why See the Doctor?
You may feel okay immediately following the accident thanks to the rush of adrenaline. In fact, you may feel okay for a few days afterward. However, several health concerns can arise in the days, weeks, and even months following an accident. For example:
• Concussion – You don’t have to be knocked unconscious or even hit your head to experience a concussion. In the months following an accident, post-concussion syndrome can set in resulting in everything from vertigo to periods of depression.
• Whiplash – When the neck suffers tissue damage, the effects may not be felt until the inflammation begins to go down. By then it may be difficult to get a proper diagnosis. It’s better to see a doctor right away, perhaps even an upper neck specialist.
Documenting the fact that an injury occurred will be important when it comes to receiving a proper settlement or damages.
Why Follow Medical Advice Closely?
If you don’t follow the doctor’s recommendations (i.e. icing the injury, wearing a cervical collar, etc.), you could have your compensation decreased due to the fact that you are acting against medical advice. So be sure to follow direction closely.
The Petrov Law Firm will be happy to discuss further necessities for building a personal injury case. Call our attorneys at 619-344-0360.