When you get into a car accident, one of the first things you worry about is your health. If you have an injury, you would want to see a doctor and get treated immediately, which also helps in documenting your injuries for the case. While it is recommended to be honest with your doctor, there are certain things you should avoid discussing with them. 

Some of these things include any legal implications of your injuries, your inability to work due to the injuries, the amount of compensation you might get, etc. Discussing all of this information with anyone other than your attorney can jeopardize your case. Speak to an attorney today to learn more about your legal options and rights. 

Information to share with your doctor 

When discussing your injuries with your doctor, you should disclose any feelings of pain or discomfort you experience in any part of your body. Be honest about the degree of pain and avoid exaggerating, as the truth often comes out. Here is a list of information you should share with your doctor to ensure a proper check-up: 

  • How your daily activities have been affected by your injuries (mention specifically which activities were affected) 
  • How your work performance has been affected
  • The effect of your injuries and pain on your personal relationships (such as with your spouse)
  • How your hobbies and interests were affected (such as swimming, singing, etc.)

Why should you let your attorney speak to the doctor?

When you have been involved in a car accident, one of the most important things is protecting your legal rights. You have the option to seek compensation from the at-fault party by proving their negligence and your innocence, and discussing the wrong things with your doctor can get in the way of that. An attorney can ensure that only the relevant information is shared with the doctor and accurately reported to avoid confusion or ambiguity.

Mistakes to avoid with your doctor 

Apart from disclosing incorrect information to your doctor, there are several mistakes accident victims make. These include the following: 

  • Delaying visiting the hospital or a doctor immediately after the accident. The more you delay, the less likely you are going to win compensation. 
  • Asking for legal advice from a doctor.
  • Not disclosing all of your symptoms. Sometimes, you may forget to report every pain or discomfort in your body. Keeping a journal where you record your injuries can help. 
  • Not being completely honest about your medical history. 

Talk to an attorney today. 

By Grace