If you have ever been involved in an accident, you know a million things begin to run through your head at the time of the incident. You may start to panic, reach for your phone to call for help, check to make sure everyone is okay, or begin observing any damage to your vehicle. So, seeking proper medical treatment after an accident may seem like an added layer of stress to an already difficult situation. However, medical records are a key piece of evidence in personal injury cases and can ultimately make or break your case.
In the event you were injured in an accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If your injuries do not require emergency and immediate medical attention, it is highly encouraged that you visit a doctor within a day or two of the accident. The more time you allow to elapse between the accident and your first doctor visit, the less credible the insurance company will believe you to be. Waiting days, weeks, or even months to see a doctor allows insurance adjusters to think that you were not seriously injured or injured at all. This may result in them denying you compensation.
Just like finding the right lawyer for your personal injury case, finding the right doctor is critical as well. Sometimes your attorney may recommend a doctor or specialist to you given their qualification and expertise, but it is important that you, as the patient, see whichever doctor is right for you. First and foremost, you want to choose a doctor that you trust and feel comfortable with. You will also want to choose someone who is knowledgeable and can provide you proper treatment that will be beneficial to your personal injury claim.
Once you are seen by a physician, it is important to let them know of all the injuries you suffered as a result of your recent accident. Be specific and detailed. A thorough explanation to your doctor will not only improve your personal treatment, but it will also allow the doctor to get a more accurate diagnoses which can increase your settlement value. Even if you have a minor ache or pain, let your treating physician know. Never ignore or minimize your injuries because it will only hurt your claim. With that said, do not over exaggerate any injuries either. You do not want to be painted as a liar or scammer.
A continuation of your treatment is also vital. Being able to show a pattern of consistent treatment is the best way to demonstrate to the insurance company that your injuries were serious and required extensive care. It is never ideal to have a gap in treatment because the party liable for your injuries will argue that those injuries were minor and did not have a major impact on your everyday life. Having evidence of routine treatment is the best way to enhance the value of your case.
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