When you step out of your vehicle after a
car accident, one of the first things you do is assess the damage. After taking stock
of your vehicle, it is critical that you take stock of your physical and
mental health in the days, weeks, and months following your accident.
Here are a few things to discuss with your doctor following your car accident:
You will, of course, want to discuss with your doctor any and all injuries
sustained in your car accident. Ask your doctor what sort of developments
to look for in regards to those injuries, and take time to learn about
the potential long-term effects of your specific injuries. If you think
your injuries may prevent you from returning to work, ask your doctor
to weigh in on exactly how much time you should spend at home in recovery.
You may be surprised to find that, when it comes to your health, car accidents
don’t only affect your physical body. Car accidents can result in
posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and significant phobias,
all of which can severely detract from your quality of life. In short,
the psychological aftermath of a car accident has the potential to be
devastating. Note that these kinds of mental health consequences are not
exclusively connected to serious accidents and that the mental health
effects of an accident don’t have to be extreme, disruptive, or
debilitating to cause you great harm in the long run.
For the first few visits following your car accident, continue to ask your
doctor about any new, negative changes in your mental health that have
come up since your accident. Take note of any new developments, even if
you don’t think they are connected to your accident, and discuss
them with your doctor.
Medical documents will be critical evidence in your personal injury lawsuit.
When you visit your doctor, be sure to acquire copies of your medical
records and any new documents detailing the injuries and damages you suffered
(or are suffering) as a result of your accident. In some cases, this will
require you to make a formal request and wait a slightly longer amount
of time, so be sure to ask your doctor as soon as possible.
Ft. Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been involved in a car accident, call
Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. right away, even if the harm done to you does not seem significant enough
to merit a suit. In many cases, the cost and lasting effects of physical
and mental damages become far greater than initially anticipated. Get
ahead of the curve by setting up a
complimentary consultation with one of our Ft. Lauderdale personal injury attorneys or by calling
us directly at (888) 499-6206 today.