How Doctors Impact Personal Injury Claims
There are many types of witnesses that are part of making or breaking a personal injury case. One of the most important people is the injured person’s treating doctor. Treating doctors can help a victim by providing necessary treatments like surgeries or physical therapy, gauging permanent pain and loss of mobility, and making expert opinions on whether certain types of treatments are absolutely needed for full recovery. A treating doctor is also needed to help an attorney put a value on fair compensation. In addition, if a case goes to trial, it is unlikely a jury will offer anything substantial unless a medical expert explains the magnitude of the personal injury.
Most personal injury cases will likely be contested or an insurance company may even deny coverage for the injury because of incomplete medical records. Questions about what caused injuries and the severity of them will need to be addressed. Opposing insurance companies will want to know exactly how bad injuries are and if certain types of treatment were medically necessary. They will often want an evidence-based answer as to whether or not a person will have any future or permanent problems as well. Without a treating doctor’s testimony, it can be extremely difficult or even impossible, to make these claims.
Receiving Good Testimony From Doctors
Treating doctors will have opinions and some may be relatively conservative to a personal injury victim’s liking. Rarely will these medical opinions cause an eruption in the courtroom. However, being able to supply a jury with a treating doctor who provided honest medical facts and delivers good testimony, 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 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. Treating physicians are often given more credibility by juries, so it’s important they’ll be best prepared to give useful trial testimony.
Unless 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 from the liable person’s insurance company and may actually be compensated at a lower rate. It’s best to see a physician immediately after injuries have been sustained and follow their practice of care to recover as much as possible.
Wagner Reese understands that personal injuries may be the result of an unintentional accident but it is likely someone else is still liable. We also understand that you shouldn’t let an insurance company avoid paying you the compensation you deserve because you don’t have a trusted medical expert available to help you.
Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can work with your treating doctor and handle your personal injury claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today at 888-710-9377 for your FREE consultation!