Even though automotive safety has improved by leaps and bounds in the last few decades, car accidents continue to injure an alarming number of Americans every year. In fact, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 4 million individuals require medical care for accident-related injuries annually.
If you suffer any type of injury in a car crash, it is advisable to seek prompt medical care in the emergency room. What should you tell your doctor about the car accident, though?
How the accident happened
While you probably do have to go into great detail, the ER doctor should have a general idea of how the accident happened. Telling the physician about your car’s speed, direction, place of impact and other relevant details can help him or her diagnose your injuries correctly.
How you feel
To receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, you must be honest about how you feel. While you do not have to overstate your pain or other symptoms, you also should not understate them. Moreover, you should discuss your medical history with the doctor, including any medications you take, illnesses you have or injuries you have suffered.
How your life looks
No two patients have the same life circumstances, of course. By telling the doctor about your living arrangements, social support and job duties, you ensure he or she can tailor a treatment plan that works for your unique situation.
Ultimately, by being forthcoming and honest with the doctor, you are likely to improve your odds of making a full recovery.