Tips to help prove your injuries after a wreck
Proving injuries from a car accident can be a challenging task, especially if your injuries are not immediately identifiable. For this reason, it is important that you obtain adequate consultation and documentation from a physician regarding your condition.
Accept Help at the Scene
It is important that you begin documenting your injuries as soon as possible following the car accident. This includes accepting help from emergency units that appear on the accident scene. You may feel tempted to refuse treatment or an ambulance ride, but this can prove a costly mistake. Though you may feel okay initially, there are a host of reasons why you should accept medical treatment at the scene.
- Small pains are often signs of more serious problems. What feels like a minor headache or muscle discomfort may prove to be as serious as a traumatic brain injury or herniated disc. Take all aches and pains seriously, even minor ones.
- Refusing treatment may worsen your injuries. An untreated condition may worsen over time, causing you increased pain and discomfort. For your personal well being, early diagnosis and treatment are vital to injury management.
- Insurance companies consider whether or not you were transported at the scene of the accident. When you refuse transport, the insurance adjusters use this information to question whether your injuries were caused by the accident. Though somewhat illogical, it is a popular tactic of insurance companies to assert that a lack of emergency transport at the scene equates to a lack of causal injury.
See a Doctor as Soon as Possible
Whether or not you accept help at the accident scene, it is important to see a physician as soon as possible following the accident. If you were seen in the emergency room, make a follow-up appointment on any referrals given to you by the treating physician. If you did not receive treatment at the scene, make an appointment with your primary care physician for the earliest available date. If your doctor is not immediately available, consider going to an urgent care clinic. This also applies if your injuries begin to worsen.
Follow Your Doctor’s Directions
It will be difficult to prove your injuries at court if you fail to follow your physician’s treatment advice. If your doctor recommends physical therapy, attend every appointment. If your doctor advises you to stay out of work, do everything possible to comply. Not following medical advice opens the door for the insurance company to question the severity of your injuries.
Stay in Treatment
Once you begin seeing a physician for treatment of your injuries, there will hopefully come a time when he advises you that you no longer need to come see him. But until that day arrives, keep your appointments and continue seeing your physician on a regular basis. A “gap in treatment” refers to a period of time when an injured party was not being treated by a physician. Insurance companies see this as yet another opportunity to question the severity of your injuries.
Keep track of all medical-related bills, including doctor or hospital bills, invoices from specialists, prescriptions and their costs. These documents promote the legitimacy of your personal injury claim. These will be vital to show a car wreck lawyer handling your case.