The second huge, preventable mistake in auto accident claims is something that is easily avoidable. It is akin to shooting yourself in the foot – an already injured foot. In part 1 of our 3 part-series, we looked at uninsured motorist insurance coverage and how it is indispensable should you be involved in an accident with an uninsured driver. In our 2nd post, The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker talks medical treatment.
Treat Your Injuries as Prescribed by your Doctor
“Gap in treatment” – This phrase represents a serious impediment in the pursuit of an auto accident insurance claim. A treatment gap in the context of a car accident is a period of time during which the victim of the accident either waits to get medical treatment or gets immediate medical treatment and then stops treating with the doctor. Either situation is extremely damaging to a personal injury claim.
Insurance companies see it like this: if the accident victim is hurt so badly, why is he or she not going to the doctor? The insurance company will use this logic to reduce the amount of money that they offer to the victim, especially for pain and suffering, should he or she miss scheduled doctor’s appointments.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker understands that our clients are busy people. That’s why we work with our clients to schedule appointments with trusted physicians with no upfront costs. Missing one appointment may not be a big deal, but missing three doctor’s appointments in a row without a valid excuse can be incredibly damaging to your case. The insurance company can and will use that gap in treatment to significantly reduce the amount of compensation they are willing to provide.
Treating car accident injuries as prescribed by a doctor is one of the most important things victims can do to help maximize the recovery from their auto accident insurance claim. A gap in medical treatment is a huge, preventable mistake that can cause serious injury to a car accident insurance settlement.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker strongly recommends making it to every scheduled doctor appointment possible. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to call our offices at (800) 333-0000 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
For part three in the series, we’ll look at another huge, preventable mistake that can seriously affect a case outcome: talking to the insurance company about your auto accident case.