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Personal Injury Law Is More Complex Than You Think

I always assumed that personal injury cases where pretty straight forward. After being in an accident, any financial losses that you suffered would be reimbursed by the liable party's insurance company. Unfortunately, things only work this way in a perfect world. In the real world, personal injury cases are extremely complex and getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement requires the expertise of an experienced injury lawyer. Unfortunately, it took me several months to finally seek out the legal assistance I needed. As a result, I waited much longer than necessary to get the compensation I so desperately needed. During this time, I learned more about personal injury law than I ever thought I would. It is my hope that this blog will allow me to share that knowledge with you so that you can avoid making some of the same mistakes that I did.

Personal Injury Law Is More Complex Than You Think

Understanding Rehabilitative Care Following Your Auto Accident

by Christine Wagner

You will need medical care if you sustain an injury following an auto accident. But what type of care will you need? Will a single trip to the emergency room, urgent care, or your personal physician suffice, or will you need ongoing treatment? Of course, the answers to these questions depend on your injuries. But you must also understand rehabilitative care before you meet with your auto accident attorney to file your personal injury claim. Here is some information to help you better understand it.

What Is Rehabilitative Care?

When people often use the term rehabilitative care, they only think of services received at a rehabilitation facility following a hospital stay. But rehabilitative care is so much more than that.

Rehabilitative care following your car accident is all the services the doctors provide to stabilize you and heal your injuries. These services are designed to keep your injuries from getting worse and then bring you physically back to normal. Some services that may fall under rehabilitative care include the following:

  • X-rays
  • Surgery
  • Casting
  • Braces
  • Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychiatric Services

A qualified professional must order, administer, and provide these services.

For example, if you break your leg in an accident, you may require surgery. Following surgery, your physician may order medications for pain and apply a cast until the fracture heals. Following the removal of your cast, you may require physical therapy to improve your strength, flexibility, and function.

In addition to physical therapy, you may also require occupational therapy to teach you how to negotiate your environment while you are healing. You may also need psychiatric services to address the PTSD that resulted from the accident. 

Rehabilitative care can last for extended periods depending on the severity of your injuries. But you mustn't move forward with settling your personal injury claim with your auto accident attorney until you reach your maximum medical improvement.

Your maximum medical improvement is when there is nothing else the medical community can offer you to improve your health. While many medical professionals often consider MMI the end of your treatment, it is not. You may need palliative care, which focuses on your pain relief from permanent symptoms and the pain caused by your injuries. 

Keeping your car accident lawyer appraised of all aspects of your treatment plan is essential. Not only will they need to request your medical records as a part of your case, but they can also be instrumental in helping you access other services you may need.

To get state, contact an auto accident attorney in your area.