As we all know that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically affected our lives and ways of conducting daily tasks including medical treatments. By following Covid-19 SOPs like social distancing and avoiding unnecessary outings, you may find it difficult to seek medical help for a personal injury case in California. According to stats, there is a 154% increase in telemedicine visits during the early pandemic period.
Due to a pandemic, visiting your doctor does not feel the same as it used to be; doctors are trying their best to protect the health of their staff while assuring patients they can still get medical treatment to recover from personal injury. However, there are some exceptions; such as steroid treatments can be postponed and we have witnessed extensive use of telemedicine as a remote solution to treat patients while taking care of Covid-19 SOPs.
What is Telemedicine/Telehealth?
Telemedicine manifests the idea of delivering healthcare services like examination, evaluation, and diagnosis for a distant patient by using telecommunication technology. Doctors have been practicing telemedicine since the middle of the 20th century and it is an approximately $35 billion industry which means it’s a well-known form of healthcare and has enriched resources.
Telemedicine makes it convenient for patients to seek medical help from the comfort of their homes. This is especially favorable for those patients who immobility problems or weak immune systems.
How Telemedicine Works?
Consumer’s gadgets such as your computer, tablet, or smartphone are used to seek telemedicine services, as well as specialized equipment that can be provided by your doctor. Moreover, telemedicine enables you to see and talk to your doctor in real-time by using video software or an application that takes care of doctor-patient confidentiality. It is not just limited to video calling but you can also share your doctor prescriptions, medical history, or test reports. These features will make it easy for your medical provider to diagnose your issue and give you the best treatment.
Who Can I Consult for My Personal Injury Case in California?
If you have a personal injury case in California, you need to get treatment from different experts so that they can pay special attention to all the aspects of an accident injury. However, telemedicine can help you to bring those experts to one platform. You can consult with the following experts:
- Emergency Departments
- Clinical Psychologists
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Personal Attorney
- Insurance Companies
To win a personal injury case it is important to provide medical records that you were seriously injured and your injuries are caused by the car crash. You should keep in mind that timeliness is indispensable in such cases and those who seek medical help after a delay may face difficulty in courtrooms. In addition, your initial consultation will be a part of your medical records and will be used as evidence during the court proceedings. Moreover, it is equally important to follow the instruction of your service provider and have regular checkups.
If a police officer asks you to go to the emergency for a medical examination don’t be reluctant; call your personal doctor/physician. If your physician is not available currently you should contact your insurance company or attorney to arrange a telemedicine treatment provider.
Insurance Companies and Telemedicine:
There is no set standard when it comes to car insurance companies and how they will evaluate your telemedicine appointments. Nevertheless, Covid-19 has changed our ‘usual practices’ for years to come. We can anticipate that telemedicine will only boom in the future in terms of its functionality. Another important factor is attorneys will be proactive in documenting your injuries while ensuring that there are no gaps in appointments ultimately maximizing recovery and compensation.
Role of A Personal Attorney:
For an attorney, advocating for their client should be important even when they have to explore options for medical treatment through telemedicine. Your attorney should reach out to your doctor on your behalf so that they can understand all the factors involved in your accident that caused the injury. Every physician and healthcare centers have different protocols and procedures and having an understanding of them will add value to your experience. For example, if you are visiting a specialist your attorney should be there to give you an initial assessment and then schedule your follow-ups. It’s wise to avoid any gaps during treatments. If you are suffering from a personal injury case in California and looking for remote solutions you can contact the Crockett Law Group.