Everything You Need to Know About Medical Treatment After a Personal Injury Accident
Suffering a personal injury in an accident can be a traumatic experience. Whether you’re involved in a car crash, slip and fall, or any other type of accident, seeking immediate medical attention is essential. Medical treatment after a personal injury accident is essential not only for your health but also for your legal claim.
The attorneys with the Jones Law Group will be here to help you obtain maximum compensation. We’ll also help you avoid the mistakes that some personal injury victims make regarding their treatment. If you would like to learn more about how we can help, please contact us online or call (727) 571-1333 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
Seek Immediate Medical Treatment
If you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident, seeking immediate medical treatment should be your top priority. Even if your injuries are minor, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some injuries may not manifest right away. If you delay treatment, that could worsen your condition.
For example, if you have a head injury, the symptoms may not become apparent until hours or even days after the accident. By seeking prompt medical attention, you can ensure that any underlying injuries are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
Seeking prompt medical attention can also establish a medical record of your injuries, which could serve as evidence in your legal claim. As you’ll learn more about later, the insurance company covering the at-fault party will do whatever it can to deny the compensation you deserve. Some injury victims don’t see a doctor as soon as they should. When this happens, insurers seize the opportunity. They’ll use that as evidence the victim isn’t that badly hurt.
Tell Them You Were in an Accident
When seeking medical treatment, inform your medical provider that you were in an accident. This information can help the medical staff to understand your injuries better and provide appropriate treatment.
Be honest and provide accurate information about the circumstances of the accident, including any pre-existing conditions or medications you’re taking. This will help to ensure that the medical team tailors your treatment to your specific needs. Providing as many details as possible can also ensure your team can accurately diagnose and treat any underlying injuries.
While you need to be honest, never admit any fault regarding how the accident happened – not even to your doctor. Insurance companies have an extremely long reach. One of their adjusters might ask your doctor what you said. If you tell your medical professional you think you might have been to blame, the insurer will use that against you.
Follow Your Treatment Plan to the Letter
It’s also important to follow your treatment plan to the letter. Your medical providers may prescribe medication, physical therapy, or other treatments to help you recover from your injuries. Follow these instructions carefully and attend all scheduled appointments.
Failure to follow your doctor’s plan can hurt your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries. The insurer may argue that your injuries would have healed faster or that you’re exaggerating your symptoms. If your case goes to court, a jury might believe that claim. You could lose your case as a result.
If You Need to Change Something, Talk to Your Doctor Before Ceasing Treatment
If you have concerns about your treatment plan or medication, don’t stop or alter it without consulting your doctor. Your doctor can help you to adjust your treatment plan or medication to suit your needs better.
Making changes to your treatment plan without consulting your doctor can negatively affect your health. It could also weaken your legal claim. For example, stopping your medication without consulting your doctor could lead to complications or a delay in your recovery. The insurance will use this delay to argue you don’t deserve as much money as you’re demanding.
Insurance Adjusters Will Nitpick Your Treatment
Insurance adjusters are trained to scrutinize every aspect of your medical treatment to find ways to minimize your claim. They may argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim or that you failed to comply with your treatment plan. That’s why you must document every aspect of your medical treatment, including medical bills, appointments, and related expenses. Keeping detailed records can help support your claim and counter any challenges the insurance company makes.
Keep All of Your Medical Records
Keeping all of your medical records is also crucial to support your legal claim. These records should include everything related to your medical treatment, including bills, receipts, and other documentation. Make sure to keep all of these records in a safe place. Be sure to keep track of any out-of-pocket expenses you incur related to your injury as well.
Keep a Medical Diary
Keeping a medical diary can be a helpful way to document your injuries, symptoms, and recovery progress. This diary can also help your doctor to understand your condition better and provide more effective treatment.
There’s also a chance your attorney could use the diary as evidence in your case. Documenting your injuries and recovery can help you remember important details you may forget over time.
A diary could be a helpful tool in proving the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life. You already know you might be eligible for compensation for your medical treatment and lost wages. But you can also obtain money for your non-economic or subjective damages.
These damages include emotional trauma and pain and suffering. By showing what you’re going through physically as well as mentally, you might be able to receive more compensation.
Contact Jones Law Group to Recover Your Medical Damages
If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident that’s someone else’s fault, contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to recover your medical damages. The Jones Law Group team can help you navigate the legal system and obtain the compensation you deserve. We can help you to negotiate with insurance adjusters and litigate your claim in court if necessary.