If you are the victim of a car accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, seeking medical attention for your injuries is not only beneficial for your own well-being but can also prove to be a critically important component in your compensation claim process.
Since the at-fault driver is legally liable for the injuries they caused in the accident, any delay by you in seeking medical treatment provides them the opportunity to argue that you may not be really injured or may have been responsible for your own injuries.
Importance of Medical Treatment Records as Evidence in Your Claim
A record of your medical treatment, including appointments, prescriptions, and bills; can serve as a crucial piece of evidence in your personal injury case. Your medical records can establish important information, including:
· The time spent on your medical treatment
· The nature and extent of your injuries
· The role of the accident in your injuries
· The money spent on your medical treatment
· Your future medical treatment needs due to your injuries
· Notes on the treatment of your pain and suffering
You must ensure that you keep a meticulous record of all of your medical treatments, prescriptions, and bills, to be able to furnish them for the benefit of your personal injury attorney.
Not Pursuing Medical Treatment Could Adversely Affect Your Claim
Not getting prompt and full medical treatment for your injuries could have a negative impact on your claim. This may provide sufficient cause to the insurance company to offer a low settlement amount or even deny the claim, as it may make the adjusters believe that either there was no injury or your refusal of treatment caused additional damage.
Your failure to seek treatment gives the insurance adjuster an opportunity to question your credibility. Furthermore, since insurance adjusters usually multiply your medical expenses by a variable to calculate your pain and suffering damages, the value of these damages could suffer if you fail to produce your medical treatment records.
Listen To the Doctors
We recommend you strictly follow the instructions and orders of your doctor. For instance, if your doctor asks you to refrain from physical activities or recommends you take time off from work, you must not ignore the instructions.
If the insurance company is able to establish that you did not slow down in spite of your claimed injuries, they will argue your injuries must not have been that serious. Apart from your well-being getting affected if you do not listen to your doctor, there is a serious chance of your claim getting devalued as well.
Contact a Committed California Personal Injury Attorney for Help with Your Claim
Seeking prompt medical attention should be the very first step you need to take after your car accident. Follow it up by seeking legal guidance from a skilled personal injury attorney adept at protecting your claim and your rights.
The experienced car accident attorneys at Kann California Law Group can manage all communication with the at-fault party's insurance company, help you in collecting evidence to back your claim, and recover fair and full compensation for your injuries and damages.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation, as we work on a contingency fee basis, without any upfront costs to you. Call us today at (888) 744-7730 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.