Every year, millions of Americans are involved in car accidents. Some escape accidents without significant injuries, while others perish. Texas, the largest state in the country, had over 256,076 people suffer injuries from a car crash in a single year.
The number of deaths per year due to car accidents ranges from 35,000 to 40,000 in the US alone.
If you’re involved in a car accident, your main goal should be recovery.
Recovering quickly after an accident requires you to do the following:
1. Seek Medical Attention, Even Without Health Insurance
You must seek medical attention after an accident. A lot of injuries don’t present until several days after the accident. When a person doesn’t have health insurance, they often opt to skip medical attention.
The best course of action is to go to the emergency room and seek treatment for your injuries so that you can fully recover.
An attorney can help draft what’s known as a Letter of Protection (LOP). An LOP is an agreement between the following parties:
When an LOP is drafted, you’re allowed to get treatment immediately with the agreement that the medical provider is paid from your case’s settlement.
The agreement also ensures that doctors do not contact you about bill payment. Your accident lawyer will be the main form of contact concerning bills and medical payment.
A good attorney will use your documentation and medical costs to negotiate with insurance companies and medical providers so that your settlement covers medical bills, pain and suffering.
2. Listen to Your Doctors and Therapists
You may be feeling better, but your body still needs to heal after an accident. A doctor or therapist should give you guidelines to follow during your recovery. You’ll want to follow these guidelines to ensure that you recover quickly and properly.
Don’t push yourself because you’re “feeling better.”
It’s better to take your recovery slow and allow your body to heal fully before returning to your normal routine.
Your doctor should provide you with a timeline for recovery. If your doctor says that you should be able to return to work in a month and you still feel pain or don’t feel good, discuss your injuries and symptoms with your doctor. Guidelines can be changed.
3. Attend Doctor’s Appointments
You should have follow-up doctor’s appointments that will allow you to monitor your recovery process. A recovery plan ensures that you’ll be able to heal appropriately and can be adjusted due to scheduled doctor appointments.
If you skip these appointments and your condition worsens, it can be difficult to prove that not attending your appointments didn’t make your condition worse.
Going against your doctor’s advice may extend recovery time and also cause you to miss work for a longer period of time.
4. Ease Back into Your Life
You have a routine that you follow, and you want to get back into your routine as quickly as possible. But when you rush yourself back into your routine, you can prolong recovery. You should:
- Rest and stay hydrated
- Ask the doctor when you can return to the gym
Diet and attitude will matter a lot during this time. If you’re not able to go to the gym or walk around the neighborhood, eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help with the recovery process.
It’s easy to rush back into your routine, but your body needs to heal.
If you’re experiencing new symptoms, go back to the doctor and discuss them with him or her. You may want to keep a journal of your injuries and the recovery process. Your journal may help strengthen your lawyer’s case against an insurance company or the party at-fault for the accident.