Why is Medical Treatment so Important for My Claim?
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It’s no secret that car accidents can be extremely severe and injurious to your body. Medical bills can stack up and cause a strain on your bank account.
If you are not at fault for the accident, there’s no reason why you should bear the burden of your medical expenses. Your lawyer should make sure you get the maximum compensation so that none of your medical bills are paid out of pocket.
While the idea of exorbitant medical expenses may be daunting, you should not hold back when receiving the necessary medical treatment.
The Importance of Medical Treatment
Shock is usually the first thing you feel following a car crash in Newport Beach. Shock causes adrenaline to flood the body, and often you don’t feel any pain. This often leads people to believe they are not hurt.
In many cases, the shock can last for hours or days, depending on your level of trauma. Some injuries, such as whiplash and brain damage, cannot be detected right away, so you should always allow first responders to examine you at the scene. Your emergency medical treatment will serve as the first documentation of your injuries.
Getting treatment right away is an important part of your injury claim. It is vital to have a doctor state that your injuries are the direct result of your accident, and the closer your treatment is to the day of the accident, the more likely the doctor will be able to make that conclusion. If you fail to do this, the insurance company may argue that your injuries were pre-existing or caused by something else that occurred.
Seeing an emergency doctor or your primary physician can also help get you in touch with the right specialists, such as neurologists or orthopedists, should you have a TBI or spinal injury. Even when you see an emergency doctor, it is essential to follow up with your primary doctor when you can. We have seen several cases where the emergency doctors miss broken ribs and TBIs because they are rushing, and the victim is still in shock and unable to report all of their symptoms.
It is also essential that you follow your doctor’s advice, not just for your health, but also to show the severity of your injuries to the insurance company. Insurance companies love to claim that you are not seriously injured. If you do not see the proper doctors or miss follow-up appointments, the insurance company is armed with evidence to claim you are not injured. Stopping treatment will arm the insurance company to deny your claim; it also makes it complicated for your attorney to fight the insurance company.
Why Does a Gap in Treatment Matter?
A gap in treatment, whether it’s at the beginning or if you skip a few of your follow-up visits, can be detrimental to your claim. An injury attorney will tell you that the opposing insurance company is always looking for a way to minimize your compensation and jumping on gaps in treatment is one way they do that.
The adjusters will look at your gap in treatment and say that your pain and suffering were not severe enough or that you must have not been very injured because you did not get extensive treatment. They use the gap in time where you were not receiving treatment as “evidence” that you were not really injured. They may also try to claim that your injuries are the result of something other than your auto collision. These are just some of the ways that adjusters question your credibility.
Can I See My Own Doctors?
Seeking emergency medical treatment is critical when you have serious injuries. If you don’t need emergency treatment, it is still important that you make an appointment with your primary doctor. If you have health insurance, you should use it to ensure that you are covered for your examination. Victims with health insurance can use it for all kinds of medical treatment, including chiropractic treatment, medical specialists, and laboratory and imaging costs. Your attorney can work with your insurance to make sure that all expenses are tracked and included in your demand to the insurance company.
If you don’t have health insurance, your lawyer can also help you get medical treatment on a lien basis. This means you will pay no money upfront, and your medical treatment costs will be covered by the settlement or judgment you obtain from the insurance company.
Equally important to your case is getting accurately diagnosed. Most diagnoses are straightforward, but some can be more complex and require specialists to determine them accurately. It’s important to keep in mind that your doctors shouldn’t spend more time diagnosing your injuries than treating your injuries. Doing so can lead the insurance company to argue that your injuries are not that severe and, as such, you do not deserve pain and suffering damages.
All in all, medical treatment is often not as simple as it seems. That’s why it is important to discuss your symptoms and treatment in detail with your attorney. You should get the proper treatment and diagnostic tests to validate your personal injury claim. Contact Accident Lawyers Firm for a free consultation. We are here to help you heal.