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Always Follow Your Doctor’s Orders When Injured in an Accident

Not following your doctor's orders can not only impact your health, but it may impact your personal injury case.

After an accident, make sure you take care of yourself, first and then worry about what to do next.

Often, it can be difficult to follow your doctors orders. In our busy, fast paced world, people often ask how is it even possible to follow all the doctor’s orders? If you’re like most people, with kids, a job and other responsibilities, you may wonder who is going to take care of all of these things while you rest and recuperate. This is very normal and many people have difficulties in terms of just being able to do what they have to, in order to recover.

However, if you’re involved in a personal injury case, it is extremely important to follow your doctor’s orders. There is a word for people who don’t, and this word sometimes comes with a waiver you’ll have to sign. That word is “noncompliance” and when you sign that form, often the words “against medical advice” or AMA are used.

It’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendations both for your treatment, but also for your legal case. Following the doctor’s orders can make a difference in not only a final outcome, but the amount that you are compensated. An insurance company will be quick to point out that if you either do not get immediate medical attention, or if you did not follow your doctor’s orders that you caused your injuries to be worse or last longer than they might have otherwise.

Your medical treatment is by far and away the most pressing concern if you have been injured in a car accident. When you do seek help, be up front with your medical care team about the levels of pain you are experiencing and really be sure that you not only comply with their immediate orders, but attend any follow up appointments. Your health is incredibly important and while your immediate concern may seem like “just back pain” or something similar: your doctor can tell you if your injuries might result in issues like chronic pain or disability that need continued treatment. Take care of yourself.

If you have been injured in a car accident, it is very important that you do have someone who can help walk you through all the necessary steps you will take. Be sure to get the medical treatment you need and give us a call at (804) 554-4444 for a consultation.