Many people fail to realize how important their interactions with the doctor are when treating an injury. Common mistakes can make a difference in your case whether you have been hurt in a car accident, work injury or any other type of personal injury. Not reporting pain and how the injury is affecting your work will limit the information documented in your records and will affect the doctor's opinion of your injury. Here are three more common mistakes made during medical treatment for injuries:
5. Not Informing Your Medical Providers That Your Injuries Are Affecting Your WorkYour medical records are the heart and lungs of your injury claim and what is in them is very important. If there is no mention in your records of problems doing your job, it is unlikely that the insurance company and/or jurors will not just take your word for it later on. Therefore, if your injury is negatively impacting your ability to work, then you need to document this by telling your health care provider. Taking notes with you to your appointments in order for you to make sure to tell your medical providers everything can be very helpful.
6. Having Your Pain Improperly Documented in Your Medical RecordsPain is something that your medical providers cannot feel, see or touch, but are required to document in your records. In order for the insurance company and a jury to believe that you were in pain, they will want to read about it in your medical records. They will be looking to see how quickly you reported pain after the accident, where the pain was at, how bad it was and how long it lasted. One way to make sure that your pain and limitations makes it into your busy doctor's chart is to write it out beforehand and provide your doctor with a copy of it at your appointment. Your doctors are trained to look for things that are not consistent so please do not exaggerate. If you say that your pain is horrible, but you are sitting comfortably in the office you will likely end up with a negative note in your records.
Pain scale- While you are being treated it is likely that a doctor and/or physical therapist will ask you what your pain is like on a scale of "1" to "10". A "10" is the worst imaginable pain such as being tortured, operated upon without anesthesia, etc. Few people have suffered pain more than a "8" during their lifetime so please keep this pain scale in mind when being asked questions about it.
7. Not Taking Medications as Prescribed
Doctors prescribe a particular type of medication for a particular time period for good reason and you should follow your doctor's recommendations. However, if you think a medication is giving you unwanted side effects you need to call and/or schedule an appointment because your doctor may be able to switch you to another medication. You should not just stop taking the medication on your own because some medications need to be tapered off and also it looks bad when you have to admit that you did not follow your doctor's orders.
Whether you have been injured in a car crash, work injury, motorcycle accident, dog bite or other personal injury accident, you will be seeing a doctor and need to know the mistakes to avoid when dealing with the doctor. Learn the last three mistakes in Part C or contact us now for a free no risk consultation.
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