You know, there are three things that you need to be aware of when you receive treatment for your personal injury. I’m going to review those things for you right now.
The First Step
The first thing you have to be aware of is making sure that you have a doctor who is sympathetic to you and is interested in helping you.
Here’s an example:
In workers’ comp cases, a lot of times the company wants to recommend a doctor. If you go to a company doctor, the company doctor is on the side of the company. What the doctor writes in the medical records can affect your case.
Whatever you do, don’t get treated by a doctor who’s aggressive towards you. Make sure you go to a doctor who’s on your side.
The Second Step
Number Two: Make sure you document all of your complaints with your doctor. I see it all the time where somebody will go to the doctor and they’ll complain about their neck. However, they’ll forget to mention that their foot was hurt in an accident.
Well, several months later, they start getting treatment for their foot. At that point, there’s no documentation in the records of a foot complaint until many months after.
The problem here is that it makes it easy for the Defense attorney to imply that you didn’t hurt your foot in the accident. Rather, you hurt it at home or playing a sport and are trying to cash in for an unrelated injury.
We cannot make these defenses so easy for the insurance company lawyers. Make sure that every visit you go to the doctor, you complain about every part of your body that was injured.
The third thing you need to be mindful of at your doctor’s appointments is this: you have to follow the doctor’s advice.
If your medical record shows that you’ve got many missed appointments or lots of canceled therapy appointments, that sends a clear signal to the insurance company and to the defense attorney.
They can use that information in front of a jury to make it look like you don’t comply with your doctor’s orders. When you miss appointments, you may have a very good reason. But the thing is, the Jury isn’t going to give you a break if you miss a bunch of appointments.
They think: “If he or she is hurt, why would they miss appointments?” Missed appointments make them think that you are faking or exaggerating your injuries. That’s why I always tell my clients to make all of your appointments and follow all of the doctor’s advice.
If you do these three things, you’re much more likely to have a smooth sailing injury case. Obviously, this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it is a darn good start.
If you have been injured in an accident and need to speak with a lawyer, I offer a free consultation. You can call me at 888-HURT-318. If you are not ready to speak with a lawyer, I created a book that explains the ins and outs of personal injury cases.
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