Personal Injury Blog

Why It's Important to Keep Your Doctors Informed After a Car Accident

Authored By Matthew Tievsky

Once our clients get started with regular medical treatment at a doctor's office, we emphasize to them the importance of telling the doctor everything that hurts, every time they see the doctor. Why is this important? First of all, and most importantly, putting aside your legal claim, this is necessary for your health. Your doctor can't correctly determine what's wrong with you, what's still wrong with you, or how to make you healthier unless you keep your doctor completely informed of your health status.

Keeping your doctors informed is also of the utmost importance if you have an ongoing auto accident case. If you are experiencing pain or a different problem in a part of your body, your doctor will only know about it, and put it in your medical records, if you tell your doctor. The medical records of the treatment of your injury are crucial. These medical records inevitably have to be sent to the defendant's attorney and insurer. Whether or not the defendant makes an offer, and for how much, largely depends upon whether the medical records fully reflect the severity of your injuries and the cost of your treatment. Furthermore, your medical records play a major role in your case, if it goes to trial. In a smaller case, your medical records will likely be read by the fact-finder (judge or jury), who determines how much to award you. In a bigger case, your medical records won't be introduced as evidence, but your doctor will testify for you, and your doctor has to rely upon your medical records because your doctor otherwise can't remember the details of your case. If you forgot to tell your doctor on one visit that you're experiencing tingling and numbness running down your arms, for example, it'll be as if it never happened at all.

If you have any questions about what injuries you can claim and prove in an auto accident case, you should contact a Maryland personal injury attorney at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today.