Why You Need to Follow Your Doctor’s Medical Advice After an Injury

There are few things more frightening than being seriously injured in an accident that was not your fault. After an accident, you will most likely require medical treatment, and once initially treated, your doctor will most likely give you a course of action regarding your rehabilitation to follow. Here are just some of the reasons why it is so critical you follow your doctor’s orders:

  1. Doctors are looking out for your best interests: Doctors have been trained in their field for years, and their main objective is to help patients heal. Listening to an expert who has your best interests at heart is the smartest thing you can do. That being said, when a doctor tells you to go light on activity, or to regularly practice a certain activity to regain strength after an accident, you should follow those instructions. These may help you avoid serious complications down the road.
  2. Your doctor can track and document your progress: When your doctor gives you instructions with a rehabilitation plan, ensure you follow those instructions and report back periodically. By doing so, your progress will be clearly documented. Not only does this mean you can physically see, in a linear fashion, that your health is truly improving, but you can also see how long it has taken you to get back to “normal.”
  3. Improve the long term outcome of your condition: Doctors’ advice is often aimed at the “long term.” This means that even if you are feeling okay now, you should not stop following your doctor’s advice. By ensuring you continue to take the advice, you can get better, and stay better in the long term.
  4. Following doctor’s orders may win you the compensation you need: Oftentimes when filing a personal injury claim, insurance companies will do anything they can do deny you the compensation you need to heal. They may try and “prove” that you did not follow your doctor’s orders, and had you done so, you would have healed far sooner, and thus the condition you are in is virtually your fault, and you, therefore, do not deserve financial compensation. Of course, this isn’t true, but from time to time, it works. That is why by following your doctor’s orders and having documentation that you followed those orders every step of the way, insurance companies do not have a leg to stand on.

If you have any additional questions about the claims process, please do not hesitate to give our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys a call today. We are here to help you.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.