Recovering from a motorcycle accident takes time, money, and patience. Usually, motorcycle accidents result in moderate to severe personal injuries on the part of the motorcyclist, due to their comparatively small personal protection. Due to this severe nature of motorcycle accidents you need to contact an Personal Injury Attorney Everett as soon as possible.
Now that you’ve started your motorcycle accident personal injury claim with your personal injury attorney, you need to consider what your next steps and responsibilities are. As we said in our free downloadable guide, “3 Steps to Filing a Motorcycle Insurance Accident Claim”, the third step that you, as the injured party, need to take is to focus on your recovery from the accident.
But how do you do that?
Here are the ways that you can recover from your motorcycle accident, both physically and financially.
1. Correctly rate your pain
Accurately rating and describing the pain you feel due to your injuries from the motorcycle accident is imperative in filing a successful personal injury claim. This is especially true during your initial medical consultations. In view of the importance of this, we are going to give you some information to help you accurately rate your pain in a way that communicates the severity of your injury.
Many people try to downplay their discomfort when being asked to rate their pain. This is incredibly unwise to do when speaking to your healthcare provider, as it diminishes their ability to accurately assess and treat your injury. Additionally, it will likely drastically lower your settlement rate, if not disqualify you from a personal injury claim entirely.
The reality is, if you are in pain, you need to communicate this clearly. You may do so by describing three things;
- Frequency of your pain
- Severity of your pain
- Duration of your pain
How often does your pain occur? Does it fluctuate in intensity? Does it change based upon your activity or posture? Does it occur once a week? Once a day? Once an hour? Are you in pain almost constantly? You must carefully consider how often you are in pain, and be specific in your description.
How intense is your pain? Is it a sharp pain or a dull ache? What previous injury or illness can you compare your pain to in order to help your doctor or healthcare provider better understand what it feels like? An example of this could be “It is a sharp pain that comes and goes every 15 minutes or so. When it is hurting, the pain sensation is similar to that of hitting your shin.”
These descriptors are important because pain thresholds vary drastically from individual to individual. For instance, a woman that has given birth is likely to rate her pain on a pain scale much differently than someone whose worst injury was a fractured wrist. Their pain experiences are different, but that does not diminish the current pain being felt — therefore, descriptions and comparisons are vital.
Here is an example — two people both rate their pain as a 8 to their doctor. One compares her pain to having a kidney stone. The other compares their pain to a belly flop. While both individuals were rating within their scope of experiences, one is obviously more severe than the other and will be reflected in the doctor’s report.
How long does the pain last? Does it come and go all day? Does its severity ebb and return? You need to pay attention to how long your pain lasts and convey this to your health practitioner.
By using these three factors to judge your pain levels, and by keeping notes on your progression throughout the day, you will help your doctors accurately assess your injuries, probable treatment needs, and expected recovery time. This information will help us file a successful motorcycle accident personal injury claim on your behalf.
2. Attend your medical appointments
It is vital that you attend your scheduled medical appointments. If an emergency arises and you can’t make it, immediately reschedule for another date that is as close to the original date as possible. By showing that you are taking your injury (and treatment) seriously, you display that others should take your injuries seriously as well. If you don’t show up to your appointments, you can expect an insurance company will argue that you have not been seriously injured.
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