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How to Help Your Doctor During Treatment Following an Auto Accident

If you have been injured in an auto accident in Tennessee, you will inevitably be seen by an emergency room physician, primary care doctor, or a physical therapist. While all injuries and treatment times are different, understand that there are certain ways a patient can assist his/her doctor to make sure they are receiving the best possible care. By understanding the following, the patient can ensure that there are no issues during any possible legal claim:

  • Delay in treatment
  • Inconsistent treatment
  • Dishonesty
  • Not providing enough information

Delay in Treatment

Many clients hope or assume the pain they are feeling following a Tennessee auto accident will go away with time and rest. By delaying medical care, you also risk making the injury worse or having your claim denied by the insurance carrier due to a lack of treatment. Medical records, properly noted by your treating physician following an accident, are the easiest ways to prove damages in court. These medical records will document each and every treatment you received and a long-term diagnosis. 

Inconsistent Treatment

If you are prescribed a set number of physical therapy appointments and you consistently miss sessions, the insurance carrier will probably assume you weren’t truly injured. This can lead to a denial of your claim or a very low offer.


If a patient is not honest with their physician about all aspects of their health and lifestyle, then it is very difficult for a doctor to provide proper medical care. For instance, if you aren’t forthcoming about your medical history, the doctor will not be able to properly prescribe treatment or medications. Past allergic reactions or substance abuse issues need to be known by your doctor in order to best assist you.

Not Providing Enough Information

While you don’t need to provide your doctor with all of the details of the accident, it is imperative that you tell them that the pain you are experiencing is due to your auto accident. You should also tell the doctor how you are feeling outside of the office and therapy sessions, including how these accident-related injuries are affecting your daily personal and professional life.

Chiozza Can Help

The Chiozza Law Firm is here to assist any person that finds themself injured due to the negligence of another driver. Throughout the years, it has been our absolute pleasure in being allowed to serve Tennessee and Mid-South accident clients. If you have been involved in an auto accident you may contact us any time you have a question. For a free consultation, please visit our office in downtown Memphis at 230 Adams Avenue — no appointment necessary. For emergency assistance, please contact Brian Chiozza at brian@chiozzalaw.com, or text a member of our team at 1(901)545-9390.

Posted by Brian Chiozza at 09:43
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