Why It’s Important to Take Your Doctor’s Advice After an Accident

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Doing this will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, but it will also provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. But, simply going to the doctor after an accident is not enough. It is important that you follow your doctor’s advice. Read on for more information.

  • Your doctor is looking out for your best interests: Your doctor is a medical professional. He or she wants to make sure that you recover successfully and knows how to make that happen. You may roll your eyes when your doctor tells you to go light on a certain activity, or to regularly practice an activity in order to regain strength after an accident, but it is important that you take this advice, as it was given for a specific reason.
  • Your doctor can document and track your progress: Your doctor can determine a timeline for your recovery. Not only can your doctor track the time it takes for you to recover, but he or she can also physically see how your injury is healing. This means he or she will know whether you are taking the advice seriously.
  • Improve the long-term outcome of your condition: Doctors’ advice is usually aimed for the “long term.” This means that even if you are feeling okay now, you should not stop following your doctor’s advice. By ensuring you continue to take the advice, you can get better, and stay better in the long term.
  • Following doctor’s orders may win impact your personal injury case: Unfortunately, insurance companies will often do whatever they can to deny you the compensation you need to heal. They may attempt to “prove” that you did not follow your doctor’s orders, and had you done so, you would have healed far sooner, and therefore, do not need or deserve financial compensation. This may sound unlikely, but it has worked in the past. That is why is it so important to carefully follow your doctor’s orders and have documentation that you followed those orders every step of the way.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need the help of an experienced attorney. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.


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