When should I go to the Doctor?

Victims of automobile accidents, slip and fall, dog bites, etc. may be unsure as to when or if they should see a Doctor. In determining when you should see a Doctor in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe or elsewhere in New Mexico, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you have a possible claim for injuries suffered, your damages will be determined in part from a medical provider's assessment. Thus, if you don't see a doctor, often times it is difficult to establish a value for your accident. It is also important to consider future health problems.

For example:

"John Smith is shopping at his local grocery store and there is unknown liquid on the floor that he overlooked until he slipped. He gets up, dusts himself off, and thinks maybe I have a couple bruises but I am otherwise ok. John files an incident report with the store and the store's insurance company contacts him. They offer him a cash value or advise the store to give him credit to cover for their negligence. Then they give him a form to sign that prevents him from suing them them in the future. Six months later, he is exercising, or playing with his dog, and he feels a sharp shooting pain. John goes to the Doctor and finds that as a result of the fall in the store he had a hair-line fracture or a torn ligament that had gotten worse with time but could have been identified had he seen a Doctor right after the accident."

The moral is, if you have been in an accident, it is in your best interest to see a medical provider either immediately or soon thereafter. You may need to report the incident, but there is no harm in following up with your primary care physician.

If you have questions and would like to discuss your claim with New Mexico personal injury attorneys, contact Keller & Keller at 1-800-2-KELLER.