If you have been injured in a serious accident, visiting a doctor will allow you to obtain the medical attention you need. Many injuries can take weeks or even months to heal, and symptoms that may seem minor can become more severe over time.
At Helton, Cody & Associates, PLLC, in Hickory, North Carolina, we help clients get the most out of their doctors’ visits. Learn how to protect your rights when you visit the doctor by calling our firm at 828-328-9966.
It is incredibly important that you trust your doctor, follow his or her directions and keep every appointment if possible. Your doctor can be your best friend or your worst enemy in a personal injury case because juries and insurance companies will give a great deal of weight to what your doctor says about your condition.
Make a strong effort to maintain a good working relationship with your doctor. As the old adage goes, “You can always catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
Return to each of your doctors as often as necessary and always tell them about all your complaints. While doctors often react negatively to patients they believe to be exaggerating, you should not make your symptoms seem unimportant either.
Try to be as thorough and accurate as you can in telling the doctor about your medical problems. A doctor must know these things in order to properly treat you. If you plan to see any additional doctors, please advise your lawyer before you see them and tell your attorney the names and addresses for these new doctors.
Fill all prescriptions and keep all doctor appointments. If you miss your appointments, the insurance company will argue that because you didn’t go to the doctor, you must not have been hurt. In reality, this assumption may be far from the truth.
Your doctor is one of the most important parts of your case. If you must miss a doctor’s appointment or physical therapist’s appointment, call and reschedule. It looks bad to insurance companies to see “DNKA” (did not keep appointment) on your medical records. Calling and rescheduling not only looks better, but it is also respectful and courteous.
Health insurance provides clients with a good way to pay for their medical bills. File all of your medical bills on your health insurance. Ultimately, you are the one who owes the medical provider money. If the bills are not submitted to health insurance in a timely manner, you may be held liable.