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Understanding Your Injury

When you’re injured in an accident, you probably have a lot of questions.  Were you at fault?  Was somebody else at fault?  Who’s going to pay your medical bills?  Will you have to take time from work?  But the most important question to answer is how you will go about getting the best medical care possible.

The key to getting the best medical care possible lies in understanding your injury.  The better you understand your injuries, the better care doctors will be able to provide. The first step to understanding your injuries comes in the emergency room (ER) or urgent care center, which is generally the first place that you will be cognizant of your situation.  The doctors in the ER will be trying to stabilize you, and it is best for you to be as honest with them as possible when describing what hurts and where.  It also helps to tell the whole story with respect to what caused these injuries, as a doctor might have seen something similar in the past. Another important thing to remember if you should ever find yourself in an emergency medical situation is to keep the dialogue open with whoever is providing you with care.  This obviously does not apply to patients who are unconscious or in tremendous pain, but if you are aware of what is going on, be sure to ask what the first responder is doing and why.  This will be valuable information down the line should your injuries come up in litigation. After you have recovered from the emergency room, be sure to contact your Primary Care Physician, with whom you can review your emergency room experiences.  A Primary Care Physician can also refer you to a specialist such as a neurosurgeon, orthopedist, or therapist who will be better able to treat your specific injuries. One thing to make sure you do while you’re seeing emergency doctors, Primary Care Physicians, and specialists is to maintain records of your treatments.  Thorough records of who you saw, for what reason, and how they treated you will be assets to any potential case you may bring against either a doctor or a third party. A very important task that will help both you and your attorney understand your injuries is to keep an oft-updated journal of what you can and cannot do both around the house and at work.  The best advice would be to write down everything that you think is affected by your injury, whether your injury hampers your ability to hold your children or inhibits you from lifting as much weight on the job.  This information will allow your attorney to assess how your life has changed and what amount in damages is appropriate. Finally, it is recommended that you keep an open dialogue with your treatment providers, discussing all possible options and the prognosis for your recovery. The CT Injury Law Center can guide you through this complicated process and help ensure that you understand both your injuries and what you can expect to recover in damages.

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