Missing Doctor's Appointments WILL Hurt Your Injury Claim!
You were injured. It doesn’t matter if it was a personal injury, a medical injury, or an injury sustained at work. What does matter is that you keep your medical appointments during the process of your injury claim. Why, you ask?
- You are likely being treated as an LOP: When you file an injury claim, your attorney may issue a Letter of Protection to your medical provider. What this says is that you are eligible for treatment without insurance coverage, and that the doctor will be paid out of the settlement of the injury claim.
- It could look like you are receiving special treatment from your doctor: If you start skipping your appointments, and your doctor still gives you a diagnosis that proves your injury claim, it could look like he was just helping you achieve compensation without the evidence to back it up.
- Injury claims are stronger with regular medical treatment: A judge or jury is more likely to believe your claims when you’ve had medical throughout the course of your claim, and have expert medical opinions that can validate your claim.
- A judge may believe it’s not as serious as you say: Skipping your medical treatments can say to a judge, “my injury doesn’t really cause me as much trouble as I’m leading you to believe”, and they may penalize you for that.
The lesson? If you’re injured, please don’t skip your medical appointments. It makes our job as your injury attorneys much more difficult, and it will very likely reduce the amount of settlement you receive.
If you have questions about an injury you sustained recently, call our offices at (888) 204-8440 for more information. You can also schedule a free consultation with Wagner Reese by calling that number, or filling out our contact form on our website.