If you have the misfortune of suffering injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident, one of your first priorities is going to be recovering as quickly and fully as possible. The best way to accomplish that goal is to strive to be an ideal patient. Here’s what we mean when we say that:
- Be sure to report all of your symptoms and be completely honest with your doctor. The key is to not downplay any symptoms (that headache or nagging depression may not seem like a big deal to you, but it could be a sign of a more serious injury), but to also not exaggerate or inflate any symptoms or injuries when discussing them with your doctor. Just be accurate and candid.
- When it comes to your appointments, medicines and any treatments, stay on top of things and be inquisitive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about why a particular medicine is being prescribed or why a certain treatment is recommended. Be fully engaged in your recovery.
- Carefully follow and adhere to your doctor’s instructions and suggestions. If you are prescribed medicine, take it as scheduled and at the proper dosages. If you have physical therapy appointments, make sure you go to them. Gaps in treatment or ignoring your doctor’s orders can not only affect your recovery but also can negatively impact your ability to collect full and fair compensation for your injuries.
- Be an active participant in your recovery and genuinely strive to get better. It can be easy to get down about your injuries, but it’s important to push through and fight as hard as you can to recover.