If you have been injured in any type of accident, you know that there are a lot of important things to do both immediately following the accident, plus for a long time afterward. You must get emergency medical care, work with multiple insurance carriers and their adjusters, take care of property damage, and apply for Workers’ Compensation or disability benefits if applicable.
One more important follow-up after an accidental injury – follow through with your medical treatments.
It may not be easy to keep up with your doctors’ medical care, especially if you are injured or if you are unable to use a damaged car. But when you make a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver or another person or entity involved in the accident, you are claiming compensation because your injuries were caused by that party.
Don’t Miss Any Doctor Appointments
When evaluating your accident, the insurance company must determine if they must compensate you for your injuries. To do that, they must assess whether you are hurt, whether those injuries were caused by the accident and how seriously you are hurt. You must prove the extent of your injuries whether in court or for a settlement.
Records of all medical treatments are essential for this purpose. Receiving emergency treatment at the scene of the accident creates a record of your injury that directly links to the accident. You will not have much of a personal injury case without that evidence.
For this reason, it is vital not to miss all follow-up doctor appointments, diagnostic tests and physical therapy. It will be difficult to argue that your injuries are causing you pain if you can go about your daily life without recommended treatments.
Additionally, follow doctors’ recommendations for post-accident care including medication, periods of rest, days off from work, home exercises and curtailing workouts. If you don’t, the insurance company may claim that you do not care about getting better and even that you are making your condition worse.
If you are unable to make a medical appointment for valid reasons, ask that documentation be added to your record at the doctor’s office as to the reason you missed it. Then reschedule immediately.
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If you or a family member has been harmed by a defective product, car accident, truck accident, construction accident, slip and fall or any other type of personal injury, please contact StolzenbergCortelli, LLC Attorneys at Law immediately. Please call us for a free consultation at our locations in New York County, Rockland County and Westchester County. Attorneys Howard Stolzenberg and Terrence James Cortelli, personal injury attorneys in White Plains, Nyack and New York City, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 800-494-0889 or contact us via the website.