To Treat Injuries or Not, That is the Question
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.
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