Three Good Things About Being Prescribed Medication After An Injury

Posted on: 9 September 2018

The specific nature and the severity of any type of injury will dictate whether you need prescription medication to help you through the recovery process. While prescription medication is usually unnecessary following a minor injury, the likelihood that your physician will prescribe you something increases in the case of more serious injuries. Even if you're not a huge proponent of taking medication, you should appreciate that there are several potential advantages to doing so if you've been injured due to another party's negligence and you've hired a personal injury attorney to represent you. Here are three good things about being prescribed medication.

It Indicates A More Serious Injury

The more serious your injury, the more that you'll be able to get in damages from the other party. If your physician has prescribed you medication to deal with the injury, it automatically sends a message that the injury is serious. If you aren't taking medication and begin settlement talks, the other party's attorneys will almost certainly seek to discredit your claim of being injured if you aren't able to prove that you're taking prescription medication.

It's A Cost That You Can Recuperate

When you begin to take prescription medication on your doctor's orders, your personal injury attorney will advise you to keep careful records of all of the related expenses. Such medication can be expensive, and unless you have coverage through a work or private health plan, you'll likely be paying for these expenses out of your own pocket. This can be difficult, but the big benefit is that your attorney will present these figures in your case and likely be able to recuperate all of the cost for you.

The Side Effects May Give You More In Damages

Unfortunately, side effects are a way of life when you're taking certain types of prescription medication. Don't shy away from precisely documenting these side effects, as any good personal injury attorney will work them into your legal case. For example, if you have medication that makes you feel ill, it's easy for your attorney to argue that the use of the medication — which is necessary, of course, because of the other party's negligence — is contributing to your suffering. This can increase the damages that you get. Be sure to always talk at length with your personal injury attorney about every type of medication that you've been taking as a result of your injury.