Â Â Â Â After being involved in an accident the first thing you should do is seek emergency treatment. Emergency care will assess if you have sustained fractures or other injuries which need immediate medical attention to remedy. As with all medical professionals who treat you, itâs important to tell the doctor exactly how and what you are feeling. The more specific you are with the pain you are experiencing after your accident the better equipped the doctor will be to provide medical care. As a general rule oversharing is a better option than not providing enough information to the doctor who you see after an accident.
Â Â Â Â If the doctor at the emergency room provides you with a prescription to begin receiving physical therapy make sure to ask for a recommendation for a facility that is close to your home. There are many good facilities in New York that are associated with hospitals and other private facilities. Trauma doctors deal with these types of injuries on a daily basis and should have a good sense of a facility where you can receive the best treatment close to your home.
Â Â Â Â In the event that the emergency room doctor did not give you a prescription for physical therapy you should see your primary care physician or any internist to get a recommendation for a good facility. Most doctors will not take on patients involved in automobile accidents because of the type of insurance, No-Fault, that will be paying for the treatment. Just because your primary care physician wonât treat you doesnât mean they wonât refer you to someone who is able to. If you are involved in a non-automobile accident, such as a slip and fall, ceiling collapse, or accident not covered by no-fault, you have a few options. First would be to use your own personal health insurance. If you do not have health coverage, or canât find a medical provider who will take your insurance, there are other options that can be discussed with your medical or legal adviser. Regardless of the circumstances it is important that you begin treating as soon as possible. This will put you in a position to make the best possible recovery as well as help any potential law suit you look to bring in the future.
Â Â Â Â Itâs important to get started with physical therapy as soon as possible following an accident. The longer you wait the longer, harder and less likely the therapy will be able to help you relive pain, regain range of motion and get you on your way to feeling more like you did before the accident happened.
Â Â Â Â There are many aspects to consider when determining whether to bring a law suit for bodily injury and an attorney can help you navigate these waters. Attorneys will either ask you to come to their office or speak over the phone in reviewing your case. It is important while you are speaking with that attorney that you feel comfortable in dealing with them. The average length of a law suit in the five boroughs is between two (2) to five (5) years, so you will be dealing with your attorney on a regular basis should you decide to go forward with a suit.
Â Â Â Â The most important thing to do immediately following any accident is to get the medical treatment you need from doctors that you trust and are comfortable with. If you take care of yourself, go to the physical therapy appointments as directed and continue to inform the doctors on your injuries and whether the treatment is, or is not working, any law suit that you bring as a result of the accident will take care of itself. Insurance companies are notoriously frugal when it comes to paying out claims for people who were involved in accidents. By doing what is discussed above you are showing the insurance company the value of your case and at the same time doing what is best for you.