Our Oregon personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman advise all injury victims to seek medical care immediately after an accident caused by negligence. Whether it was a vehicle collision or premises liability incident, seeking medical care ensures your physical well-being is the priority.
Upon getting to the hospital or another medical facility, it is essential to know what to say to medical professionals so you can seek and receive the proper care now without jeopardizing a potential personal injury claim later.
Provide a Clear, Fact-Based Account of the Accident
When you arrive at the hospital, tell the medical staff what happened with a clear and accurate account of the accident. Describe the circumstances of the crash, how it happened, and any injuries or symptoms you’re experiencing.
Stick to the facts and avoid speculating about fault or responsibility.
Report All Injuries and Symptoms
Ensure you inform healthcare providers about all injuries and symptoms, even minor ones. Sometimes, seemingly minor injuries can develop into more serious conditions over time. Explain which parts of the body were impacted during the incident so they can order X-rays or scans of all potentially injured parts, especially the head, neck, or spine, that could pinpoint a catastrophic injury immediately.
Remember that your primary focus when at the hospital is to receive the necessary medical care.
Follow All Medical Advice
If healthcare providers recommend specific tests, treatments, or follow-up care, it is important to follow their advice. Compliance with medical treatment is not only crucial for your health but also for your potential personal injury claim.
Do not hesitate to ask questions about your treatment, diagnosis, and prognosis. It is essential to have a clear understanding of your medical condition and the recommended course of treatment.
As your treatment continues, describe any pain, discomfort, or changes in your condition to the medical staff on follow-up visits. This information can help them assess your injuries and adjust your treatment accordingly.
Keep All Records Associated with Your Medical Care
Document your interactions at the hospital, including the names of medical professionals you spoke with, the treatments and tests you received, and any instructions or recommendations provided.
Limit Communication About the Accident
While it is crucial to provide accurate information about the accident and your injuries to medical professionals, avoid discussing the details of the accident with other patients or visitors at the hospital, or anyone at all.
Once you leave the hospital or medical facility, refrain from discussing your injuries with friends or family members or posting about them on social media. Social media posts, images, and information related to your account is discoverable. Right now, the best thing to do is rest and follow your physician’s instructions — not share or gather opinions about the incident.
Consult with an Experienced Oregon Personal Injury Attorney
If you believe your accident resulted from another party’s negligence, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney before discussing the accident with insurance adjusters or representatives from the other party’s insurance company.
Contact our Multnomah County attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman at (503)-242-1440 or online today to schedule a free consultation and get the help you need to make informed decisions about the direction of your case.