If you are ever involved in an accident or sustain a personal injury at the hands of another person, the actions taken post-injury are crucial. The actions that you take will dictate whether or not you will be able to successfully recover for injury and damages. Accident compensation claims are highly fact-intensive, so you need to make sure you take the necessary steps and keep the appropriate records after an accident to ensure recovery.
Reporting an Injury to a Doctor
Even if you think that you do not need medical attention following an injury, you should see a doctor anyway. Some injures lie dormant and will not manifest with symptoms until some time has passed. Failure to make any attempts to mitigate your injuries can result in an unsuccessful claim down the road.
You want a doctor to have the opportunity to diagnose your injuries and specify what types of treatments are recommended or required to remedy your injuries. Insurance companies are not likely to even recognize an injury if it is not officially diagnosed. Not only is getting quick medical attention helpful for your health and general well-being, but it also significantly strengthens the legitimacy and overall strength of your personal injury claim. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the less severe your injury will appear. And the less severe an injury appears, the less likely an insurance company will be to settle or compensate you for your injuries and medical bills.
When you are reporting your injury to a doctor, you want to be as specific as possible about all your injuries down to the most minute detail. This is particularly important in circumstances where more than one doctor is involved in the process. You want all of your medical care providers to be fully aware of the scope and magnitude of your injury in order to get an accurate diagnosis.
Any piece of correspondence you receive from your doctor needs to be preserved for your personal injury claim. You should also preserve a copy of any documentation that is related to your accident as it will be a crucial resource when speaking with an insurance adjuster. An insurance adjuster is going to try to limit the amount you can claim or deny your claim outright, so you want to make sure you have the documents to back up and legitimize every injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. You need a lawyer at your side to fight for your rights. Call Morgan & Morgan today for a free consultation.