Your main job is to recover from your injuries and return, as much as possible, to your normal life. Seeking quality medical care and following your provider’s advice is the best path to emotional, physical, and financial recovery from your accident.
1. Seek treatment at a hospital Emergency Room. Smaller Urgent [email protected] locations sometimes do not staff physicians, nor have the medical equipment on-site, such as MRI machines, to adequately treat an accident victim. A hospital, however, will have the appropriate staff and facilities to provide thorough care.
2. Do not get your initial care from a non-physician, such as a chiropractor, naturopath, or acupuncturist. Only seek this type of care after your primary care physician or specialist refers you to one of these types of providers.
3. Follow up after your ER visit with your primary care physician. Your primary care physician can coordinate your treatment by multiple specialists and oversee your overall care. If you do not have a primary care physician, get one.
4. Establish care with a specialist. If you have a specific injury, you should seek treatment from a specialist. For example, if you have an injured knee, you should be treating with an orthopedist, or if you are having cognitive issues, you should be evaluated by a neurologist.
5. Follow your provider’s advice. If your primary care physician refers you to a specialist, schedule your initial appointment immediately. If your provider refers you to physical therapy, locate a therapist close to your home or work and begin your therapy program as soon as possible. Following your provider=s advice can increase your chances of a full recovery, and show that you are trying to resolve, or mitigate your injuries.
6. Do not have time gaps in your treatment. For example, if your primary care physician refers you to a specialist, find a specialist that can see you within a week or two. Gaps of even a few weeks can reduce your chances of a full recovery, and make it appear that you are not trying to mitigate your injuries.
Medical care can be a complex issue, and our healthcare system puts up many roadblocks. Getting the right care, from the right providers, can be daunting, but the effort will payoff in your recovery.