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5 Big Mistakes - Dealing with their Doctor After a Car Accident

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Here's the thing - proving that you've been hurt in a car accident is your responsibility.

Thats right - the injured person is the one who needs to prove they've suffered an injury.

And the primary proof when it comes to your ICBC injury claim are the medical records kept by your family doctor.

So, it makes sense that you need to do everything possible to avoid making any BIG MISTAKES when dealing with your doctor.

Interested in finding out about 5 of the BIGGEST MISTAKES people make?


Here goes:

1. Failing to seek immediate medical care following a car accident

The bottom line here is simple, don't ignore your problems or try and "tough it out". A substantial gap between your car accident and your first medical attendance could leave alot to the imagination.

 2. Failing to disclose your medical history to your doctor

Being selective when it comes to telling your doctor about previous injuries or illness can cause a real problem. Firstly, this can cause your honesty to be called into question. And further, doctors use your medical history as a basis for diagnosing, treating and forecasting how quickly you'll recover from your injuries ( if at all).

3. Failing to inform your doctor as to how your injuries are affecting your ability to work

Your doctor uses the information you provide concerning how your injuries are affecting your ability to work in order to access what you're capable of when it comes to working. You see, ICBC or a judge won't believe that your injuries affect your ability to work just because you say so. So it's important to keep your doctor fully informed as to how your injuries are affecting your ability to do your job.

4. Failing to take the treatment/therapy your doctor prescribes

Your doctor may prescribe various types of treatment or therapy in an effort to help you recover as quickly as possible from your injuries ( e.g. physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment). And if you don't follow your doctor's recommendations you allow ICBC or a judge to potentially come to the conclusion that you are to blame for delaying your recovery by not taking the prescribed treatment.

5.  Failing to take the medication your doctor prescribes

Your doctor prescribes you medication because he/she thinks it'll help with the symptoms you're suffering from as a result of your injuries. So if you don't take the medication prescribed you're opening the door for the conclusion to be drawn that you could have lessened the extent of your pain and disability by having taken the medication.

There you go.

Want to in finding out more about the 5 BIG MISTAKES to avoid when dealing with doctor following a car accident?

I'd be happy to talk to you.

Call me at 604-255-9018 or send me an e-mail at [email protected]

Jeff Witten

Category: Bicycle Accidents


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