Getting proper medical treatment after an accident seems like a no-brainer. But lots of accident victims don’t do it, or don’t do it soon enough.
Some victims don’t go because they are afraid of the expense. As we will see presently, that is penny-wise and pound foolish.
Some don’t go, just because they hate going to the doctor. Some people are afraid that the doctor will cause more pain. Or they feel like they don’t have time, hate the waiting, or hate the bureaucracy of some doctor’s office.
Some just don’t have a doctor to see.
Often time, victims think they will heal on their own. And sometimes they do. But sometimes they don’t.
Some accident victims go to the doctor, but quit going before the doctor has released them from treatment. Or they begin a course of physical therapy and get tired of it and quit before finishing.
None of these reasons (excuses?) are good enough. Avoiding treatment can delay or even prevent a complete recovery. So far as we know, we have issued only one body and it is our job to take care of it.
And failing to get prompt treatment means falling to create good, contemporaneous medical documentation of the nature and extent of your injuries.
The amount of your medical expenses is an important, objective sounding, measure of how serious your injuries were, and what your case is worth.
Insurance adjusters just love it if you don’t get proper care. When you try to settle your case or your lawyer tries to settle it for you, one of the first things you will hear is that your injuries were no big deal, if you did not get good treatment for them.
And if you bring suit, you can bet that when your deposition is taken, the defense lawyer will be sure to make a great deal of the facts that you got little or no treatment.
If your case should be tried — and it is more likely to be if you did not get good care– your failure to get prompt, regular medical treatment will end up ringing in your ears. You might hear about from the defense lawyer in jury selection and opening statement. You will hear about it when you are cross-examined. And then you will hear about it in closing arguments when the defense lawyer uses it to say you should be awarded little or nothing.
Don’t let this happen to you. One way or another, get the treatment you need.
For more information on Getting The Medical Care You Need, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (802) 335-2794 today.
Rich Cassidy Law
1233 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT 05403