1. Provide all the information you can to your medical professional
Healthcare providers such as doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists are there to assess your injury and provide any curative or rehabilitative measures tailor-made to the particular injuries you are suffering. Pain and suffering is one of the main elements of damages in any personal injury case. Tell your doctor what all your injuries are. Not giving accurate information to your doctor can damage your personal injury case.
2. Be clear on the description of your pain
In order for your doctor to make the right diagnosis, Dr. Nieca Goldberg, director of the New York University Women’s Heart Program states you should:
- Describe the exact location
- How intense the pain was
- What brought it on, and
- Duration of the pain.
Keeping a diary of your pain and other symptoms can help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of each visit.
3. Don’t leave with unanswered questions or concerns
Be sure to state all of your concerns to your doctor at the beginning of the appointment, no matter how obscure. The more information the doctor has about you and your pain, the better he can assess your injuries and design a treatment plan that is beneficial to you. Your doctor should know about any past injuries, whether or not they are accident related.
4. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion
If you feel like you don’t agree with your doctor’s diagnosis, you shouldn’t hesitate to get a second opinion. Different doctors have different experiences with patients and from that will have developed different forms of treatments. Getting a second opinion could make you feel more secure in your expectations after treatment by allowing you to undergo a treatment plan that you are comfortable.
5. Keep up with your treatment plan
For doctors, not following through is the biggest mistake they see in patients. You should follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor. Injuries take time to heal and your doctor will know when you have fully recovered or when there is nothing further he or she can do for you. If you have followed all the advice above, you should have a treatment plan that makes sense to you and one that you are able to follow through with.