Personal injury settlements are all about your health; they are supposed to compensate you for the injuries you suffered in the accident. This means that your health is the key to winning a substantial recovery. This doesn't mean that you need to exaggerate your claims; in fact, doing so may damage your chances of recovery if your lies are discovered. But there are other health related measures that can help to maximize your claims, and they include:
Seeking Medical Attention Fast
If you are going to file a claim, then you need to seek medical care right away. Do this even if you think the injuries are minor. For one reason, there is a chance that your injuries may not be as minor as you think. This is because some injuries have delayed
Other benefits of seeing a doctor right away include:
- Sending a signal to the defendant that you were seriously hurt in the accident
- Linking your injuries to the accident (the doctor's report will do this)
- Mitigating your injuries so that the defendant cannot claim that you contributed to the intensity of your injuries
Seeing the Right Doctors
It's not just enough to seek emergency treatment, you also need to see the right specialist, if your situation warrants it. In most cases, the healthcare professional who handles your emergency care will refer you to the right specialists for your treatment. For example, you may need to see a:
- Physical therapist or chiropractor if you have musculoskeletal injuries
neuropsychologistif you have a traumatic brain injury
- Orthopedist if you have broken bones
You also need to undergo all the tests and examinations prescribed by your doctors. For example, if your doctor orders an MRI scan, then you need to undergo it. Presenting all these pieces of evidence to your defendant will prove the seriousness of your injuries.
Don't Miss Your Appointments
Lastly, you shouldn't miss any of your medical appointments. Attend all the consultations until the doctor officially discharges you or says you are fine. There are cases where the initial treatment may reveal minimal injuries, but the doctor may schedule another examination "just to confirm that everything is alright." In such a situation, it may be tempting to forgo the subsequent examination since the doctor "didn't find anything seriously wrong with you." However, doing this just gives your opponents ammunition. They may argue that you would have prevented further injuries had you attended the second consultation.
In short, you shouldn't underestimate the power of medical attention when it comes to strengthening your injury claims. That's why you also need to keep all these records and give copies to your attorney for the claim negotiations. To learn more, contact a professional like Altizer Law P.C.Share