Roadways in Albany County are often busy places. Whether you drive every day or only occasionally, you may eventually find yourself in the middle of an automobile accident. If so, you may suffer a serious injury or have considerable property damage.

From broken bones to whiplash, there are dozens of possible injuries you may sustain in a car crash. Seeking both emergency and follow-up care may be necessary. When you do, though, you want to be sure you get the most out of your appointment. You also do not want to harm any potential legal case you may have. Here are five medical mistakes you should try to avoid after a car accident.

  1. Ignoring your symptoms

There is no shame in seeking medical treatment following a car accident. As such, whether your accident seems minor or severe, you should always ask a doctor to examine you. Note, though, some symptoms may not appear immediately. Therefore, you must pay close attention to your body and obtain a medical evaluation if something seems wrong.

  1. Failing to document your injuries

While you can likely rely on your doctor to keep accurate records, he or she may not be able to describe your experience fully. Accordingly, you should always keep your own record of your injuries, recovery and other relevant matters. Then, use your doctor’s account to supplement yours.

  1. Disregarding your doctor’s orders

Doctors receive extensive training on diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses. If you ignore your doctor’s orders, you may never recover completely. You may also harm your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries from whoever caused the accident.

  1. Forgetting about your mental health

Automobile accidents can be tremendously stressful. Even if you have not sustained a physical injury, your mental well-being may be in jeopardy. In fact, you may develop post-traumatic stress disorder or another mental health condition following a collision. Therefore, you should obtain whatever treatment you need to recover fully.

  1. Discussing your legal case

Doctors are not lawyers. While hiring a competent attorney to help you pursue compensation for your injuries and property damage may make sense, you should think twice about discussing your legal case with a physician. Instead, limit your conversations to your medical concerns.

While recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile collision may take days, weeks, months or longer, you must do everything possible to return to normal. By avoiding common medical mistakes, you increase your chances of both recovering from your injuries and receiving compensation for them.