There is always a lot to do after a wreck. From organizing the towing and interviewing eyewitnesses to getting the police report to contacting the claims adjuster, the associated tasks are just added to your ever-growing to-do list.
However, regardless of the circumstances, your health should be your top priority. If you don’t prioritize your health, serious – and potentially life-threatening – complications can arise. They could also affect your chances of having a major car accident.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common medical mistakes car crash victims make so that you can avoid them as a result:
1. Postponement of treatment
From whiplash to internal bleeding, there are a number of impact injuries that are not always symptomatic. Hence, it is not uncommon for car accident victims to walk away from the scene provided they are well. However, without prompt treatment, these types of injuries can cause devastating complications.
Postponing the search for care not only jeopardizes your health and well-being, it can also open the door to a liability dispute. Should you be responsible in part for the severity of your condition, Minnesota’s revised Settlement Error Rule will reduce the total compensation to which you are accordingly entitled.
2. Ignore doctor’s orders
Seeing a doctor right away is not the only way to reduce damage. Once you seek help, you are required to follow your provider’s instructions.
For example, if you are instructed to take it easy and you have a physically demanding job, you shouldn’t be returning to work. You must also make sure to attend all follow-up appointments and take the prescribed medication.
3. Your recovery cannot be documented
Virtually all medical expenses are reimbursable in Minnesota, including emergency care, hospitalization, diagnostic imaging, prescription medication, anticipated surgery, and ongoing rehabilitation. You may also be eligible for compensation for the work you missed in the recovery process and for transportation to and from each appointment.
However, before you can get a single dollar back, you need to demonstrate that you actually incurred all of these costs. Hence, it is important that you carefully track your recovery by saving all critical documents. Examples include:
• medical records;
• X-ray, MRI and CT scans;
• hospital bills;
• copy receipts;
• Photos of visible wounds;
• transport protocols; and
Since Minnesota also allows for non-economic damage such as pain and suffering to be recovered, it is advisable to keep a personal injury journal as well. In this diary you can document how your injuries – and the associated treatments – affect your everyday life.
Speak to a Minneapolis auto accident attorney today
If you are planning to file a Minnesota car accident, contact Bradshaw & Bryant for the best way to go about it. Our compassionate team will use all the resources we have at our disposal to help you gather the evidence necessary to demonstrate liability and damages to those responsible. Call 800-770-7008 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a Minneapolis auto accident attorney