Under the current impacts of COVID-19, patients are increasingly seeking medical help from a distance. Telemedicine visits are on the rise. With the pandemic’s restrictions in place, it can be difficult to be seen even for routine concerns such as a sore throat or pink eye. Some physician offices are only doing visits with well patients, such as routine checkups, while others are spacing out appointments and offering fewer time slots. That’s where telemedicine comes in. With a smartphone or computer and the internet, you can communicate with a physician virtually whenever and wherever you need help. An experienced car accident attorney can assist you in connecting with physicians who can treat car accident injuries via telemedicine.
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine allows you the flexibility of speaking to a care provider in real time using digital devices such as cell phones, computers or tablets. Telemedicine greatly accelerated with the widespread use of the internet. Sometimes the terms telehealth and telemedicine are use interchangeably, but they are in fact different practices:
- Telemedicine specifically refers to remote clinical services. Telemedicine usually involves the use of electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients without an in-person visit.
- Telehealth is a broader term encompassing remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.
How Can You Get Access to Telemedicine?
Start with your own physician’s office and call or email to ask if they provide telemedicine visits. If so, they can help you connect with the right system, which will keep you connected to your health home. If your physician doesn’t offer telemedicine, consult your insurance provider, which should have a list of options that are covered in your network.
An experienced car accident attorney will also have relationships with physicians who offer telemedicine and know how to treat car accident injuries via telemedicine.
When to Get Medical Treatment for Your Car Accident Injuries?
Most people who aren’t experiencing or exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus are hesitant to seek medical attention, even those who have been injured and are experiencing significant pain or complications — and with good reason due to COVID-19.
Hospitals and medical clinics have become virus hotspots, so people are worried about either contracting or potentially spreading the virus by visiting these establishments. Besides, many of us don’t want to burden medical professionals or drain valuable resources with what we deem to be minor injuries or illnesses in comparison to COVID-19.
Many car accident survivors need immediate medical attention, even during the coronavirus lockdown. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries, report them to the 911 dispatcher and ask for an ambulance. You should go to a hospital or clinic right away.
Sometimes, you may walk away from a car crash with what seems like minor aches and pains. While you may not need emergency medical care, you still need to get checked out by a doctor. Many doctors’ offices are offering remote telehealth appointments where you can see a doctor from the safety of home. Typically, you will use your phone, tablet, or computer to show the doctor your injuries. Based on your video examination, the doctor can prescribe medications, give you work restrictions, and suggest follow-up care.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
You only have a limited amount of time to file your accident claim, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to get fair compensation.
Medical records are essential to a car accident case, since they help your lawyer link your injuries to a crash and calculate your damages. Your car accident attorney will work tirelessly on behalf of their clients, meeting with them by phone and video conferencing, negotiating fair settlements, and aggressively preparing their cases for trial.
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