The global COVID 19 pandemic has strained many hospital systems across the world. In this country and here in Reno, many front-line medical workers are admirably fighting to save lives. But at the same time, the stay home orders and the fear of contracting the COVID 19 have had another effect: people are not seeking needed medical care unless it is related to the coronavirus. From urgent medical needs to elective surgeries, to annual checkups, to physical therapy, people are choosing to wait.
If you are recovering from a serious injury and have a personal injury claim, you need carefully weigh how to maintain your medical treatment during these uncertain times. Failure to obtain proper medical care can hinder any progress you have made in your recovery and can even make your conditions worse. Not only does this put your health in question, but it can ultimately damage your ability to receive maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
Maintaining Your Medical Treatment
With a plan, it is possible to stay safe while maintaining your medical treatment.
- Talk to your primary care doctor. Most physician’s offices or medical practices have adjusted to offer some form of telehealth, or videoconference, option. While this is not the same as seeing a doctor in person, it is better than ignoring your medical needs. A doctor can listen to your concerns and help you develop a treatment plan.
- If you have been prescribed physical therapy, explore the possibility of virtual physical therapy. While there are elements of physical therapy that require hands-on treatment, more practitioners are adjusting their services to telehealth. This includes full sessions by video, to observing a patient’s home and providing recommendations on how to utilize their
- If you need elective surgery, then speak with both your primary care doctor and your surgeon about your concerns and your options. If your doctor says that you can safely postpone your medical procedure, then make sure that this is well documented for your records.
- Talk with your health insurance provider. If your current doctor or specialist is unavailable to you, your health insurance provider may be able to provide you with other options to meet your current circumstances.
- Talk to your attorney. It is always smart to keep your attorney informed about your medical treatment. At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P, our attorneys take pride in strong attorney-client relationships. We want to hear from you and can offer you ideas and advice in these troubling times.
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