3 Ways Your Doctor Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim
- Too many times, an insurance company will not pay the appropriate compensation to a personal injury victim because the case lacks trusted and credible medical support.
- If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, or another type of accident which has caused you harm, then you as the victim are responsible in many ways for proving just how injured you are.
- Effectively managing your medical diagnosis and records, treatment, and doctor’s testimony increases the settlement value of an injury claim.
- When dealing with a treating physician, there are several things you can watch for to ensure your doctor is helping support the max value on your claim.
3 Ways Your Doctor Can Help Your Injury Claim
When you become injured in an accident, especially one you are not at fault for, there are many moving parts that can make or break your claim. One of the most important steps to first take is to see the right doctor and gather the injury information, supported by credible medical records and tests, necessary treatments, surgeries or physical therapy to help you heal. Just as important, a reputable physician will accurately gauge pain levels and identify any loss of mobility or work abilities to help your attorney put a value on fair compensation. If your personal injury case goes to trial, a jury will typically offer the minimum unless a medical expert explains the magnitude of your personal injury, backed by medical evidence.
1) Choosing The “Right” Doctor and the “Right” Treatments
It’s best to see a doctor immediately after injuries have been sustained and follow their practice of care to recover as much as possible. If the treating physician has prescribed nontraditional treatments and natural health remedies from chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and other non-physician healers, it’s not likely a personal injury victim will be reimbursed fully and may actually be compensated at a lower rate. If your physician goes this route, it may be a red flag to find a different clinician who uses more of a traditional approach to healing that can be better supported by science and diagnostic tests.
2) Prescribing an Appropriate Treatment Plan for Your Specific Injury
Logic says that if an injury requires a long period of medical treatment, the injury is likely to take a long period to heal, and that translates to a high degree of pain and suffering. So, if you undergo a long period of treatment, you can argue to an insurance adjuster that the long treatment was evidence of the seriousness and impact of the injury.
If you have a short period of physical therapy or other treatments, or your doctor is not willing to help refer you to necessary therapies, the insurance adjuster is less likely to consider that as support to show the seriousness of your injury.
3) Providing Good Testimony
If you should be called to court, being able to supply a jury with a treating doctor who has provided honest medical facts and documented records along the way, can be all a personal injury case needs to keep moving forward.
When looking to receive good testimony from a treating doctor it is important to be honest and transparent when describing the symptoms, physical pain, and all other concerns related to the injury. Keeping a good relationship from the very start of a reported injury is important as is making sure to attend all medical appointments and following a doctor’s orders. Treating doctors will become better familiarized with a personal injury victim and be able to provide a more detailed testimony if they have worked with the patient the entire time. These doctors are also often given more credibility by juries, so it’s important they’ll be best prepared to give useful trial testimony. Without a treating doctor’s testimony, it can be extremely difficult or even impossible, to make injury claims.
An Accident Victim’s Responsibility
Most personal injury cases will likely be contested, or an insurance company may even deny coverage for the injury because of incomplete medical records. Even with a supportive doctor, documented treatment plan, and testimony ready, there are several things you can do from the start to keep your case moving forward.
- Seek medical treatment from the right doctor immediately after you know you have been injured. Don’t wait.
- Always tell the truth to any doctor. Don’t embellish but don’t hold back.
- Keep your legal advice inquiries for your attorney. Don’t use social media to fill in the blanks or ask your physician for legal help.
- Never skip out on or miss follow-up doctor appointments or fail to complete therapy sessions and stop medical treatment without your doctor’s advice.
- Make it a point to provide specific pain notes and ensure it is placed inside your official medical record. Keep copies of anything you hand over to your doctor’s office.
If you are not able to work because of your injury, it is important to
mention that problem to your doctor.
- You need to follow the doctor’s orders. That means taking the medication prescribed to heal your injuries. If pain medication is a concern, then have those discussions documented with your provider and ask what other options are available.
- If you are feeling any injury-related depression and anxiety, make sure those are properly diagnosed and treated by medical professionals as well.
- Keep track of all doctor’s appointments, treatment referrals and any work restrictions listed and your own timeline of events and notes. Don’t depend solely on your medical file because things may be missing.
A doctor’s job is to focus on your medical condition, and help you heal. This leaves you ultimately in charge of gathering the right materials and choosing the right medical care and legal support you can find to present the strongest case possible.
Indiana Accident Insurance Attorneys
While Wagner Reese understands that these situations are generally unintentional accidents, don’t let the insurance company avoid paying you the compensation you deserve because you or your doctor failed at presenting all the facts from the beginning.
As soon as you have been injured, shift focus on your health and your family, and entrust your Indiana personal injury case to a team of experienced lawyers at Wagner Reese to lead the rest. We can help you fight against insurance companies and ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages and disruptions in your life.
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