Why Following Your Doctors Advice is Essential After an Accident

Your life can alter in a moment due to an accident or injury. The path to recovery, both physical and financial, may take some time. Girardi | Keese has helped thousands of injured victims with all aspects of their recovery and legal journey. Following your doctor’s advice can be one of the most crucial parts of your recovery process. It can also help make your case more powerful. 

Six Reasons To Follow Doctor’s Advice

Qualified Experts

Doctors are extremely educated and trained in treating injured patients. They know what is most suitable for you and how to prevent you from further injuring yourself. They have vast experience understanding what’s best for attending your injuries, considering the unique circumstances and your medical history.

Avoid Complications

Doctors give you directions for a reason. Whether it’s to improve mobility not to lose function, clean wounds or dressings to avoid infections or avoid certain foods while taking medications. These instructions can be essential in preventing complications that could have severe consequences. They may also help ensure that minor injuries don’t become more serious. For example, even a “minor” head injury can pose fatal and long-term risks.

Allow for Adjustments

Following your doctor’s directions and making follow up visits are extremely valuable. Based on your improvements, doctors can adjust your treatment plans, medications or suggest other treatment alternatives. In some instances, reporting problems with the treatment or complications with particular instructions may alert doctors to other or larger issues related to your injuries or overall well-being.

Improve Long-term Outcomes & Function

Listening to your doctors’ and the rehabilitation experts’ orders can improve your injuries’ long-term outcome. Although every injury is different, patients who fail to abide by the doctor’s recommendations after an injury may not experience the same recovery as those who did. For instance, “training” your brain and being consistent with rehabilitation, in the beginning, months after a brain injury has been shown to improve patients’ cognitive function. The same is true for various orthopedic injuries and other complications. Following doctors’ advice puts patients on the best recovery path. If you stop following medical advice, you can put yourself at risk of experiencing more problems down the road. Problems that may not be accounted for in any compensation or settlement if your injury claim has already been resolved.

Documenting Records

Documentation, doctor’s notes, and medical records are all created from following your doctor’s directions and following up with appointments. These documents capture reports about your health, treatment plan, recovery, and new problems that may arise. These documents provide a comprehensive picture of your accident’s consequences. They are much more reliable and valid than a person’s word. They can be used to help an injury claim once you file.

Fight Insurance Company Tactics

Following your doctor’s instructions, keeping up with your treatment, and following up with your doctor is the best way to overcome your injuries. It also helps decrease or moderate many of the usual arguments insurance carriers will propose in their efforts to pay victims as little as possible. When victims don’t seek immediate treatment or don’t follow the doctor’s instructions, the insurance companies will often claim they were never genuinely injured. They might also say that the collision did not cause the injuries, or that it’s not as severe as you say it is. 

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney today call 800-401-4530 

It is crucial to get checked by a medical professional right away to get proper treatment for any unseen injuries. Your next step is to call a trusted attorney that has experience with personal injuries. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, make sure to contact Girardi | Keese. We will negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the medical help you need, cover your vehicle’s expenses, and get you the compensation you deserve. We have 55 years of experience and an extremely long list of successful cases. If you have been injured or have a legal matter you would like to discuss with an attorney from our firm, please contact us by filling out our form here or call 800-401-4530.