You’ve seen a doctor for your car crash injuries, which is an important first step. Regardless of how severe or minor your injuries initially appear to be, it is crucial to get the treatment you need. Not only is a thorough medical checkup essential for your health and wellbeing after an accident, it is also an important step in building your personal injury claim.
However, an initial checkup may not be enough to uncover everything that happened in the accident. In some cases, a second opinion is warranted. To discuss your claim and options in greater detail, call Reeves & Mestayer at 228-374-5151.
Why Some Victims Want a Second Opinion
There are several reasons a second opinion might be a good choice for you. We’ll explore a few of them here.
- Your initial checkup was in the emergency room. While seeing another doctor in this situation isn’t technically a second opinion, it does allow you to get more input and set up a relationship with another doctor. If your first assessment was in the emergency room, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to keep seeing that doctor for the remainder of your care. You may need to transfer your care to a GP or specialist.
- Your care provider does not seem to take your concerns seriously. Some doctors become jaded after decades in practice, and they don’t understand a patient’s pain levels or treatment concerns. If you bring up issues or symptoms and your doctor seems to brush them aside every time, another care provider might be a better choice.
- Your care provider’s treatment recommendations seem too extreme or mild for you. Perhaps you’re in extraordinary pain that makes each day unbearable, and your doctor is unwilling to do anything more than suggest OTC painkillers and physical therapy. On the flip side, maybe you are progressing well with physical therapy and your doctor is now pushing for you to stop PT and go right to invasive therapy. Either way, if your doctor’s approach to your treatment raises a red flag for you, it’s time to talk to someone else.
- Your initial care provider is a general practitioner, not a specialist. Victims with severe injuries often benefit from the care of one or more specialists, rather than a general practitioner.
- Treatment is not progressing as expected. If you’ve been sticking to your doctor’s treatment plan and you aren’t seeing much or any progress, it could be time to try something different.
How a Second Opinion May Help You
Second opinions can help you with your healing process and your personal injury claim. If your doctor’s advice is causing you to question them and avoid committing to your treatment plan, that could actually hurt your personal injury claim. Missing appointments or skipping out on treatments can make it look like you aren’t really committed to healing, which may give the insurance company reason to offer you less money.
Additionally, a second opinion could help you if it gives you a more practical or personalized treatment plan. Taking initiative like this could show that your injuries are serious and that your top priority is getting back to normal as soon as possible.
Note, though, that there is a big difference between you choosing to get a second opinion and the insurance company insisting that you get a second opinion. If the latter happens, it’s something to discuss with your attorney immediately.
Discussing Your Options with Your Attorney
Whatever route you choose as you weigh your options, make sure you clear it with your attorney first. Every decision you make as an accident victim can have a positive or negative impact on your claim, and you don’t want to ruin your case on accident. Your attorney can listen to your concerns, help you weigh the pros and cons, and guide you to a decision that is best for your personal injury claim.
Find Out How Reeves & Mestayer Can Help with Your Injury Claim
If you’re trying to navigate a personal injury claim in the wake of an accident, let the team at Reeves & Mestayer help you. Set up a time to talk now by contacting us online or calling us at 228-374-5151.