Tip # 9: See Your Doctor
Visit Your Doctor at Least Once a Month
After you receive your initial diagnosis and treatment, for purposes of your personal injury claim, you should return to see your doctor on a regular basis. As a general rule, we suggest that you schedule an appointment at least once each month. Of course, if your doctor recommends that you come back more often, then you should follow your doctor’s advice.
What to Tell Your Doctor
When you see your doctor, you need to be honest. Don’t exaggerate your injuries, but, don’t downplay them, either. At each appointment, give an honest assessment of:
- How you feel
- What’s bothering you
- What you think has gotten better
- What you think has gotten worse
- Any new symptoms or challenges you’ve experienced since your last visit
Also, when your doctor asks you questions, you should answer them as completely as possible. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification. For example, if you have a spine injury and your doctor asks, “How are you feeling?”, don’t just say, “Well, my back is a little sore.”
Instead, give more details and context – something like: “Well, my back hasn’t gotten any better since the last time I was here. I still can’t bend down to unload the dishwasher, and I’m extremely sore after sitting at my desk all day at work.”
Doctors are busy, and oftentimes they spend their days running from patient to patient. Even so, it is important to tell your doctor everything that you think may be relevant to your treatment and rehabilitation. If your doctor tries to rush you out the door, be polite but firm in making sure that you get the chance to ask what you want to ask and say what you want to say.
Why Do I Need to Go to the Doctor So Often?
While it may seem like a hassle to visit your doctor’s office once a month, there are very important reasons for doing so. First and foremost, the amount of financial compensation you are able to recover for your injuries will depend almost entirely on the records you have documenting your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Insurance companies don’t pay claims out of the goodness of their hearts. They pay when they have no choice but to do so.
So, in order to convince an insurance company to settle for maximum value, you will need to be able to provide documentation of the nature and extent of your injuries. If you have this documentation and the insurance company still won’t settle your case, it then becomes critical evidence at trial.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer at McKiggan Hebert Lawyers About Your Case
With offices in downtown Halifax, McKiggan Hebert Lawyers’s lawyers represent clients throughout Nova Scotia. If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle collision or other accident, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose, and our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee means that you pay nothing unless we help you win the compensation you deserve. To learn more about what we can do to help, please contact us today.