Mistakes Made After Injury

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Mistakes Made After Motor Vehicle Accident

After you have been involved in a car accident, the initial steps you take could make or break your claim. If you have been involved in a car accident, call an Arkansas car accident lawyer at Law Offices of Lisa Douglas. If you have been hurt in a car accident, the consequences can be life-altering. A good car accident lawyer can make a difference in your recovery and your right to financial compensation. Research reveals there are over 16,000 car accidents every day in the United States. The results of a car accident can be devastating. We represent those injured in a car crash, truck accident motorcycle accident, auto accidents, and other motor vehicle related accidents. Call an Arkansas car accident lawyer at (501) 798-0004.

8 Common Mistakes that Can Result in the Kiss of Death to Your Claim

  1. Failing to Receive Immediate or Bare Minimum Next Day, Medical Attention After the Motor Vehicle Accident

    You are responsible for proving that you were injured as a result of the accident.It is a commonly held belief that if you aren’t hurt badly enough to seek immediate medical attention, then you weren’t hurt that bad and the settlement offer will reflect that belief.  The longer you delay treatment, the less believable your complaints of injury will be viewed. “Because after all if you were really injured, you would have seen a doctor right away.” Whiplash, for example, does not always show up immediately, but it should within days.  The bottom line is you should see the doctor as soon as possible. You don’t want the adjuster or the insurance attorney arguing that you couldn’t have been hurt too badly, because after all you didn’t even bother to see a doctor for two weeks.

  2. Missing or Showing Up Late For Medical Appointments

    Your medical records for the treatment you received as a result of the accident will be reviewed by the insurance adjuster.

    When you miss an appointment your medical record normally just says “did not show.”
    Failing to make two or more appointments could be construed as you are not committed to getting better.  You don’t want the adjuster or the insurance attorney saying, you can’t be hurting that much because after all, you didn’t even make all of your appointments.

  3. Failing to Have Your Pain Accurately Documented in Your Medical Records.

    The best way to communicate your injuries to the insurance company is through documentation in your medical records. When you visit your health care provider make sure to tell them of all of your aches, pain, stiffness, and discomforts you are experiencing as a result of your injury.  Your medical records are very important in determining how badly you have been injured; therefore, if it is not contained in your medical records, it didn’t happen. So, make sure you tell the healthcare provider about your injuries.

  4. Failing to Tell Your Doctor if Your Injury is Affecting Your Ability to Work.

    Insurance Companies and possible potential jurors are not inclined to believe that your injury prevented you from working just because you say so.  If the injury is affecting your job performance, it is important for you to tell this to your doctor. This way you obtain documentation and the doctor could give you time off work or restrict your activity at work.  The insurance company will look for this to validate any time off from work. If you took time off without a doctor’s excuse then this time off will not be considered valid because it was not authorized by your doctor, therefore it does not count.  Because after all, if you needed time off, the doctor would have written you an excuse for the time off from work. Otherwise, this time off was merely self-imposed and does not count.

  5. Failing to Take Medications as Prescribed.

    If the doctor prescribed medication for you, there is a reason. You should follow your doctor’s instructions.  If you are unable to tolerate the medication, tell your doctor immediately. Perhaps he or she can prescribe something else that is more agreeable with you or the doctor can discontinue the current prescription.  Choosing not to follow the doctor’s instructions can destroy your claim.

  6. Stopping Medical Treatment Too Soon.

    It is a commonly held belief that if a person stops receiving medical treatment for his/her injury, then they are no longer injured, but now they are healed.  If there are significant gaps in treatment, this suggests you are healed from the initial injury and must have received a new injury that was caused by something other than the motor vehicle accident.  The doctor should be the one who releases you from further treatment or tells you there is nothing more that can be done to improve your condition.

  7. Failing to Follow Prescribed Treatment for Depression or Anxiety.

    It is not uncommon for an accident victim to experience depression and anxiety following an accident.   Sometimes treatment is needed. Normally, insurance companies usually only compensate if these conditions are properly diagnosed and treated by medical professionals.  People often find themselves failing to follow prescribed treatment for anxiety or depression

  8. Failing to Keep a File.

    It is important to keep track of every medical care provider that treated you after a motor vehicle accident.  Keeping track of these documents as well as any other paperwork or bills that pertain to the accident will help reduce the work at the end of the claim.

Arkansas Car Accident Lawyer

The personal and financial stress of an injury can be difficult to manage. You may be tempted by a settlement offer that is not in your best interest. Your attorney can give you objective advice on these offers, to let you know what you should expect.

Talk to a Nurse

Call your Arkansas car Accident Lawyer today at Law Offices of Lisa Douglas. Lisa Douglas has been licensed as a Registered Nurse for over 2 decades, licensed as an attorney in 2004. Don’t fall prey to the insurance company tactics. It is better to involve your lawyer at the beginning of your claim rather than after you have attempted to work your case yourself. Many times after an injured client has attempted to resolve their own cases they have made numerous mistakes that hurt their claim. Let an experienced professional assist you through this difficult situation.