In my many years as a San Antonio injury lawyer, one of the questions I get most often is whether there’s a special doctor who attends to car accident victims or other similar cases.
The quick answer is no, there’s no special doctor to specifically approach after accidents. However, your approach to setting a doctor’s appointment might have to change if you’re ever injured in accident. Unlike seeking medical attention for a common injury or illness, the documentation for doctor’s visits involving a car accident has to be specific enough for the insurance company to determine how hurt you are. In essence, your doctor’s notes have to serve as proof of your injuries.
This means that:
- Your doctor has to know you were in a car accident. If your injuries are serious, it’ll be obvious to the ER doctor that you were in some kind of accident—they’ll also know this if you were brought in by EMTs or paramedics. But if you can, make it a point to notify your doctor of what happened; this will be important during follow-up checkups of your condition.
- You need to report all your symptoms and changes to your condition and injuries. Accident injuries are often complex and involve different parts of the body, so be sure your doctor knows of everything going on in your body related to the accident. The major symptoms and visible injuries are easy to take note of, but the less obvious symptoms, like minor pain, stiffness, headaches, and sleeplessness among others can be easy to forget. If you don’t think you can remember them all during a doctor’s visit, make a list of these issues to show your physician and healthcare provider.
If you have more questions about what to do after a car accident, talk to our legal team at Barrus Injury Lawyers by calling (210) 593-8709 to schedule a FREE consultation with an experienced accident attorney. While you’re at it, you can request a free copy of our book, “10 Mistakes That Can Kill Your Texas Injury Case,” to learn how you can protect your rights when filing a personal injury claim. You can also download a free copy of our injury book here.