1. What is the most important thing for me to do after my injury?
The most important thing for you to do, quite simply, is to recover from your injury. The law requires injured people to mitigate their damages. In other words, the law requires you to do that which is necessary to improve your physical condition and recover from your injury.
For you this may mean some or all of the following steps:
a. Do not miss appointments with your doctor. Stay in touch with your doctor and be certain to maintain your appointments. If you have to cancel, notify the doctor with as much notice as possible. The words Ano [email protected] on a doctor=s record sheet can be used against you at the time of settlement or trial.
b. Attend physical therapy sessions as prescribed. Your physician or hospital may prescribe therapy to facilitate recovery from your injury. Such a procedure is often helpful in many types of injuries including strains, sprains and other so-called Asoft [email protected] injuries. If physical therapy is prescribed, be sure to keep your appointments and participate actively in the process. Again, if you have to cancel an appointment, be sure to call, but try to avoid cancellation as much as possible.
c. Do what your doctor tells you to do. If your physician prescribes certain medications, therapy exercises, or limitations on activities, be sure to follow your doctor=s orders. Failure to follow your doctor=s advice can be used against you when it comes time to settle your case, or can be used against you in court if your claim proceeds to litigation.
d. Follow your doctor’s advice with respect to work and leisure activities. If your physician advises you to rest, stay home from work, or avoid certain activities, it is important that you follow such advice. If you resist your doctor=s advice and do activities that have been limited, it will not only prevent a speedy recovery, but could also affect the legal aspects of your case. Even though staying out of work may have an impact financially, it is important that you follow such advice so that your recovery will be enhanced. It is important that you make sure that the medical bills are paid before you settle your auto accident insurance personal injury claim. Please call David Polow at 802-888-7707 for a free phone consultation if you have any questions about your motor vehicle collision or how to get the medical bills paid.