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There are a lot of different types of injury you can suffer as a result of your accident. Some types of injury are unique to certain accident types, like dog bites. Others, like broken bones and burns, can occur as a result of a variety of accident types. No matter how common your injury or how it occurred, it is always in your best interest to have it treated by a specialist who has experience treating that type of injury, rather than a general physician. This is because you will get more specialized treatment from an individual who keeps him- or herself up to date with the latest advances in treating that type of injury.
Getting yourself prompt medical treatment for your injury is important for a few reasons. In addition to it showing the insurance provider that you are proactive about receiving treatment, receiving treatment shortly after your injury occurs usually means early intervention, leading to a quicker, fuller recovery.
If you need to switch doctors at some point in your recovery because your initial doctor cannot treat your injury, you can potentially face an issue with the insurance provider claiming that you were being treated for a different injury, denying you compensation for that treatment.
A specialist can also more accurately determine how much money you will need to complete your treatment. His or her input can be a valuable asset to your personal injury claim.
Seek a specialist who has specific experience with your type of injury if you can. For example, if you suffered a back injury in a fall, you should work with a back injury specialist to treat your injury. If you suffered a broken foot, work with a podiatrist.
Of course, if you are in need of immediate medical attention at the site of your accident, go to the emergency room. Once you are in stable condition, you can work with the hospital staff to determine the right type of doctor from whom to seek further treatment. Once you have received treatment from an appropriate specialist, seek legal aid from an experienced personal injury attorney to move forward with your claim and to pursue compensation for medical treatment.