Whether you were involved in a car accident, you got injured on the job or you slipped and fell, it’s common sense to go see the doctor. In situations where someone else was responsible for your injury, that person could be liable for paying for your doctor visits.
Regardless of whether you did or didn’t contact a personal injury lawyer after your accident, you’re on your own on deciding when and where to seek medical attention. There are five common mistakes people make when seeking medical treatment after an accident that could ruin your case.
Mistake 1 – Not seeking medical treatment
After being involved in an accident, it can be chaos. You’re filling out a police report, making phone calls to family or friends and your adrenaline is pumping. You might not feel hurt at all, or that small twinge in your neck just really doesn’t seem that important in the grand scheme of things. It’s important to seek medical attention regardless of how you feel at the time. Often, the adrenaline from being involved in an accident makes it difficult to feel how serious your injuries might actually be. A few days later, it’s common to wake up with a stiff neck, sore back, bruises and suffer headaches. If you don’t see a doctor right away, the insurance can use that information against you later, claiming you are inventing your injuries.
Mistake 2 – Not considering how your injuries may affect your ability to work
When visiting your doctor, it’s important to discuss whether your injuries will affect your ability to return to work. Some injuries make sitting, walking or lifting difficult. Your ability to perform routine tasks at work may have diminished. Most employers require a doctor’s note stating your inability to work until you have healed. If you’re filing for lost wages, you must also prove your lost income as a result of your accident. If you’re worried about what your boss will do if you file for worker’s comp, read our article here.
Mistake 3 – Not going to your treatments or appointments
Your insurance company doesn’t like to pay for much, especially illegitimate injuries. If you skip your treatment or miss an appointment, it sounds like your injuries aren’t that severe. Always follow the doctor’s orders and attend your appointments to keep your case from getting dropped.
Mistake 4 – Not keeping good records
Your medical records are what can prove your case. These records are the benchmark for how your life is impacted by your accident. All new results should be recorded and kept including lab reports, test results and diagnoses.
Mistake 5 – Not seeking advice from an attorney, but from your doctor
Doctors are great at what they do. But they are not trained for law or accident claims. Doctors and chiropractors may be familiar with accident claims, but they are not skilled in legal advice. In fact, it may even hurt your case if you ask for advice on an accident claim. Many doctors don’t like to get involved in legal cases and may not be willing to give a statement on your behalf.
If you made any of these mistakes, it doesn’t mean your case is ruined. But it is time to seek professional legal advice from a personal injury attorney. The personal injury attorney’s at Ray Hodge & Associates are skilled at handling big insurance companies, getting expert opinions on accidents and putting together a solid case on your behalf.
If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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