Emergency room doctors don’t have the time and the resources to do a complete workup regarding an injury in a car crash. They are subject to time pressures and interruptions for things that may seem more pressing. They often solve problems based on probabilities rather than on strong medical data and thorough analysis of that data. Often we see a crash injury patient get a diagnosis on limited, incomplete or selective data. If you are not bleeding and the initial radiology does not disclose any issue that needs immediate treatment, then the ER doctor will release you.
Thus, if you were in a wreck– regardless of what the ER doctor says — go get a thorough work-up by your own physician in a non- emergency setting.
An injury claimant needs to create an ACCURATE and COMPLETE record of the injury. Insurance companies are always trying to minimize the experiences that injured people go through. They point to delays and claim the issues are not related to the collision.
Medical records-particularly those from an Emergency Room visit -are often in error. While these are usually not life-threatening errors they are the type of error that can create headaches a year or two later when you are in trial.
So make sure your personal physicians medical records reflect what is actually happening with your injury. Get every physical problem and each functional limitation documented and evaluated. Be certain to tell your doctor about all of your symptoms, no matter how minor they seem. The importance of documentation is to create an unassailable record of your injuries and treatment. This is essential in the event you have a legal claim. It also lets you have your own physician serve as the guide to get you into specialists. And follow your doctors orders.
So be smart and talk to your doctor.