But only if you do everything the doctor tells you to. @Barkydog should go back to the hospital and get that lung xray they wanted.
I got t-boned when I was 17 by a guy who ran a stop sign because he was reading documents for his job while speeding. Destroyed my car and caused a permanent back injury. I went to PT for over a year, and it did nothing, so I stopped going even though my doctor told me to keep at it. I was heading off to college and didn’t want to squeeze in PT that wasn’t working amongst my classes and activities. By the end of my freshman year, it was very obvious that the back pain wasn’t ever going to go away, so I got a lawyer and filed a PI suit.
Because I had gone “against medical advice” and stopped going to the therapy that was doing nothing for me, I got very shafted in the judgment. Personally, I do not consider potentially as many as 80 years of back pain to only be worth $7,000. I should have gotten well into a 5-figure, possibly even 6-figure, settlement for that, but the defense successfully argued that maybe the injury wouldn’t have been permanent if I’d done what the doctor told me to and so they should only have to pay out for the pain up to that point.
You don’t want to screw around with this, and you should contact a personal injury attorney sooner than later so that you can have counsel as to what you should and should not be doing to avoid screwing up any potential future settlement/judgment.