If you have recently been injured in an accident, you may be in shock. In many cases, it’s difficult to determine the extent of your injuries soon after the incident occurs. Before you write off an injury, make sure to ask your doctor these five questions.
- “Is there any chance that the damage is permanent?” More often than not, what seems like a twinge of pain is actually a sign of permanent damage that has not yet fully emerged. It could be nerve damage. It could be a serious spinal injury. Only a doctor can tell you how permanent the damage will be.
- “How much time off do you think I may need off work?” This is an important one for obvious reasons. If you were injured on the job, you need to file a Worker’s Compensation claim. If this is the case, you will get replacement pay as part of that claim. However, if the injury occurred some place other than work and you need to take time off, you will need to be able to figure out your finances going forward.
- “Can I have the whole description of the injury in writing?” Should you decide to go to a lawyer for your injury, having the description of the injury in writing, as well as the medically advised treatment for said injury, can greatly impact the final outcome of the lawsuit.
- “What will I need to do (or have done) in order to fully recover from this injury?” Serious injuries, particular those that injure your spine, may require a series of surgeries. These may not be covered by your insurance plan. In some rarer cases, injuries may cause lifelong damage that will require you to live life with the use of painkillers. Either way, you should get a good idea of what the cost will be to treat the injury for the long haul.
Here’s a question you don’t have to ask the doctor, but you should ask yourself: “Should I go get a second opinion?” Sometimes, it’s possible to get a misdiagnosis on an injury. This is especially true for birth injuries. If you feel like something isn’t quite right about the diagnosis, you might be right. Follow your own instincts. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer to help you recover the money that you have to spend in order to treat your injury. Personal injury cases require a lot of experience, dedication, and expertise to win. Calling Bramnick Law of Scotch Plains is one of the fastest ways to make sure that you have years of experience, talent, and knowledge on your side as you take your case to court.