Nobody likes going to the doctor; with long waiting room times, the poking and prodding, and all the questions and tests, it can sometimes seem like more trouble than it’s worth. This is especially true when you’re dealing with an ongoing medical issue that doesn’t appear to be changing. When that injury is the result of your Ottawa motor vehicle accident though, a return trip to the doctor is imperative. Whether or not your condition has changed, regular follow-up visits to your family doctor are essential to both your physical well being as well as the potential outcome of your injury case.
Even though your doctor is a medical expert, you have your own expertise to offer; you know your body better than anyone else in the world, medical degree or not. Only you can say if you are feeling better or worse, if the medicine you are taking is causing side effects, or if new symptoms are arising that need to be addressed. If you don’t return to your doctor, he or she will assume the treatment and/or medicines they prescribed at your last visit are having the desired effect and that you’re getting better. A complete recovery is dependent on the patient being proactive about their own health. Keep track of your progress, and until you’re completely better, schedule a follow-up visit with your family doctor every 8 weeks to discuss your condition and any changes to the treatment plan that may be necessary.
In addition to health concerns, regular visits with your doctor will help create a paper trail that may be essential to a positive outcome when your accident lawyer seeks a settlement for your case. There is no substitute for consistent and professional documentation detailing your injuries and progress. No documentation can be detrimental; after all, if you can’t prove it, chances are the court (and the opposition) will assume it didn’t even happen. If you choose not to follow up with your doctor, the assumption is that it is because you have recovered, and no longer needed medical care.
If you need assistance after your Ontariocar accident, reach out to the experienced Ottawapersonal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth. We will provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions about compensation in your case. Call our law firm today 613 233-4529.