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Mistakes to avoid when seeing your doctor after an auto accident

After experiencing a motor vehicle accident, it is important to seek medical attention regardless of how you feel immediately after the fact. Some symptoms and injuries do not become apparent until some time after the incident.

When you see your doctor after an accident, however, it is important to avoid some common mistakes that might come back to haunt you. Certain actions can harm your personal injury claim and affect the amount of compensation you receive.

Being dishonest

Experts explain that many patients lie or alter details because they feel embarrassed about the reality of the situation. Being dishonest about the nature of your accident or about your medical history can hinder the type of medical treatment you receive and, by extension, the outcome of your personal injury claim.

Stopping treatment prematurely

It is important to continue treatment and show up to every medical appointment until your physician clears you. You might surrender some or all of the compensation due to you if you decide to end treatment prematurely.

Not maintaining personal records

It is good practice to keep your own records and documentation regarding doctor visits, referrals and other healthcare interactions following your auto accident. Ensuring you have all relevant documentation on-hand can give you the best chance at supporting your claim with solid evidence.

Getting the treatment you need should always be the top priority after a motor vehicle accident. Even after confirming your good health, however, it is crucial to follow the correct steps with your doctor to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for the damages sustained.