Sing it With Me, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes!"
After a car accident, it can be difficult to remember exactly when and where you hurt. From day to day, the pain changes—a little less here, a little more there. It is easy to brush these changes off, but that is the one thing you shouldn't do.
Our Surrey, BC accident attorneys have spoken with too many accident victims who miss out on compensation, or a proper diagnosis, by not reporting their injuries fully. To help you retain this information, we suggesting singing to yourself, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". This will help you remember that you need to think daily about your pain, starting at your head, and moving down to your toes. And we don't just want you to think about it, we want to you write it down. This is why we created the Head to Toe method, a system of writing down every detail of your pain, discomfort, and medical care that may just save your accident claim.
Exam Table Amnesia
Perhaps this has happened to you: the moment you lower yourself onto the exam table and hear the familiar crunch of sanitary paper, all of your questions and concerns leave your mind. You can't recall the last time you had your meds, exactly when your pain started, or any of the important questions you had planned to ask.
For many people, visiting the doctor is an overwhelming, anxiety-ridden experience. Even those who do not dread sitting on an exam table are prone to forgetting the details of what they planned to discuss with the doctor.
Because of this, we suggest beginning the Head to Toe process well before you visit your doctor. Here are a few tips for making sure you communicate your symptoms and concerns to your physician.
Before Your Appointment
- Get a notebook that you can dedicate to tracking your recovery.
- Keep this notebook handy at all times. Even travel with it, as you may think of an important detail while away from home.
- Be sure that every "entry" has a date and time.
- We suggest sections for each of the following: Head to Toe pain and discomfort list, medications, appointment times and notes, and questions to ask your physician.
During Your Appointment
- Now is the time to make use of your Head to Toe notebook. Don't feel uncomfortable about referring to your notes during the appointment.
- Jot down any information you are given at the appointment. Write down every detail. Once you leave, it can be difficult to remember what the doctor said.
- Make special note of any recommendations concerning medication changes, level of activity, and new appointment dates and times.
Head to Toe for Physicians
We know that, as a professional, you have a very thorough intake survey and examination routine. However, we would suggest encouraging your patients to keep a Head to Toe journal at home, and to bring it each time they visit, adding notes during the appointment. This will help injured patients remember all the details of their injury and treatment. It can also help our attorneys track the progress of their recovery—an important part of the compensation process.
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