To Treat Injuries or Not, That is the Question

by | Oct 22, 2020

You’re on your way home from the store and you’ve stopped at a red traffic light. You are sitting there patiently waiting for your light to turn green when BAM, out of nowhere you are rear-ended with so much force your vehicle is pushed into the intersection in the middle of oncoming traffic! Oncoming cars are swerving to avoid hitting you and all but one car is successful. That one car unfortunately hits the front of your vehicle causing your car to spin around before ultimately stopping in the median. By the time the dust settles from your air bags and you gather your senses, the Paramedics are already on scene helping you out of your vehicle, strapping you to a backboard and immediately taking you to the Emergency Room where you undergo X-rays and CAT Scans. The ER doctor diagnoses you with a concussion, shoulder, neck and back injuries and sends you home. The next day you learn your vehicle is a total loss and your pains have worsened and it hurts to even get out of bed. Sounds like a slam dunk personal injury case the insurance companies will just pay bags of money for, right? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!

The first words from an insurance adjuster’s mouth in this scenario will be “Clearly your client wasn’t hurt because he/she hasn’t sought follow-up medical treatment, therefore I will offer your client NOTHING.” Sounds extremely unfair for a crash you didn’t cause, doesn’t it? This is why it is so important to continue your medical treatment while your case is pending. This is true if your case is pending for 6 months or 2 years because I’ve never had a case where an ER doctor diagnoses one of our clients with a “permanent injury”, or provides an opinion on “future medical treatment” and the costs of future medical treatment. The only way to receive this diagnosis is to treat with medical providers after the Emergency Room.

I have tried a lot of cases against a lot of insurance companies in a lot of different cities on the West Coast of Florida. At every one of those trials, the insurance company’s attorney emphasized periods of time when our client stopped treating, even if it was for 3-4 months.

Why you ask? BECAUSE JURIES BELIEVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE INJURIES GO TO THE DOCTOR AND PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE INJURIES DON’T. I’m sure you can easily guess which of these two people will get the favorable jury verdict but, if you need a hint; IT’S THE PERSON THAT CONTINUES THEIR MEDICAL TREATMENT!!

I know continuing to treat for your injuries month after month or year after year can be frustrating to say the least. You have families, you have jobs, and you don’t want your medical bills to be so high that you won’t get any money once your case is settled. However, I can promise you one thing when you stop treating or fail to follow your doctor’s recommendations, you are playing right into the hands of the insurance company and your chances of obtaining the true value for your case are going to be greatly reduced. So what do you need to do in order to get the best result for your case? Contact us right away after you are injured. We know what the insurance companies look for in evaluating personal injury claims and we know how to maximize your recovery.

When that time comes, give us a call. We can help! Our toll free number is 1-800-332-1992 or email us at info@Qlaw.com.

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