When you are hurt in an accident of any type, you may find it necessary to seek medical treatment. It’s always a good idea to do, especially if you think you may try to seek compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes when it comes to their medical treatment following an accident.
This is not an article about medical malpractice. Those errors are typically out of your control. What we are talking about are preventable medical errors or the things that you have complete control over. Here are a few things to avoid when seeking medical attention after an injury.
1. Premature Termination
Premature termination is one of the biggest mistakes victims make. This means that you sought medical attention, the doctor diagnosed your condition and came up with a treatment plan, and you failed to follow through. If you took the time to visit the doctor, do what they say. It really is that simple.
2. Underplaying Your Injuries
Now is not the time to be tough. Tell your doctor exactly where it hurts and try to describe your level of pain accurately. Downplaying your injury can lead to a misdiagnosis and, ultimately, a lengthier recovery time. It may also mean that you do not get the compensation that you deserve.
3. Being Overly Dramatic
Just as you don’t want to downplay your injuries, you don’t want to be overly dramatic. Do not walk with a limp, do not pretend like you can’t lift your arm and don’t tell the doctor that you can’t turn your head unless, of course, these things are true. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where an insurance company finds out that your injuries are not as severe as you claimed.
Each of these things are preventable medical mistakes. Each of these things is entirely in your control. If you have been injured in an accident of any type, seek medical attention as soon as possible and be honest about your injuries. Doing so will only benefit you should you choose to move forward with a claim.
If you have been injured in Charlotte or the surrounding area, call our team of personal injury attorneys. We will listen to the details of your accident at no cost to you and advise you of your options.