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Dealing with an injury after a car accident is a difficult, stressful, and challenging situation. In addition to your daily responsibilities, you now have to deal with doctor’s appointments, phone calls to insurance companies, meetings with personal injury attorneys in Orlando, and all the paperwork that accumulates with your case. However, keeping accurate records and following your doctor’s instructions for medical treatment is imperative to the outcome of your case. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see from accident victims when dealing with medical treatment after being injured in an accident.

Delaying or Not Seeking Medical Attention

This is one of the biggest and most common mistakes we see from accident victims. There are many reasons you may delay or avoid seeking medical attention, such as not thinking your injuries are severe enough or having a fear of hospitals. Often, you won’t feel the full extent of your injuries until a few days after the accident, once the adrenaline has worn off. Then, you may feel it’s too late to seek medical attention.

Failing to seek medical treatment can impact receiving compensation from your car insurance company. It may also reduce your award if you file a lawsuit with a personal injury attorney in Orlando. According to Florida law, you only have 14 days to seek medical attention after an accident to be eligible for Personal Injury Protection (PIP). After that time, you may not receive any compensation from your insurance company for accident expenses like car repairs, replacement, and lost wages. Even if you miss the deadline, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party’s insurance. However, delaying medical care can make it difficult to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident, which insurance companies will use as evidence to dismiss your claim.

Although you may feel fine after an accident, it’s wise to get an examination to ensure there are no underlying injuries.

Not Documenting Everything

Documentation is critical when filing a personal injury claim after a car accident. Set aside a dedicated file folder or your preferred organization system for all accident-related paperwork. Ensure you receive copies of the police report after the accident, and keep all papers regarding your injury handy. You’ll want to keep track of documents such as:

  • Doctor’s visit summaries
  • Treatment plans
  • Invoices
  • Diagnosis information
  • Lab work results
  • All receipts related to the accident
  • Mileage information to and from doctor’s visits
  • Payment for household services you can no longer perform
  • Information to prove lost wages (such as work schedules)
  • Copays
  • Rental car information
  • Pictures of the accident scene
  • Progression pictures of your injuries

Not sure what types of documentation you should keep? Talk with our personal injury attorney in Orlando, Brett M. Bressler, for a free case consultation.

Providing Incomplete or Inaccurate Information

It’s critical to be honest with law enforcement, medical professionals, and legal service providers about the details of your accident. They need to know all the crash details to understand the full extent of your injuries and treat you properly. Provide an accurate history to your medical team, documenting any previous injuries. Your treatment and potential claim could also be impacted if you cannot describe your injuries in detail. You’ll want to mention the type of lifestyle you had before and how it’s changed since the accident.

Don’t exaggerate your injuries in an attempt to increase your payment amounts. Doctors are medical professionals and can tell when someone is not being truthful regarding their injuries.

Skipping Doctor’s Appointments and Treatments

It’s essential to consistently attend follow-up appointments, take prescribed medication, and perform recommended procedures. If the insurance company you seek compensation from sees that you skipped weeks of appointments or didn’t take prescribed medication, they could claim that your injuries aren’t as severe as you’ve stated. In addition, you’ll prolong your recovery process and risk getting injured again. Follow any activity restrictions your doctor recommends, even if you feel fine. You should continue to attend all appointments until you’re medically cleared.

Oversharing Case Information

Doctors provide medical treatment and nothing more. Don’t discuss legal issues or details about your lawsuit with anyone on your medical team. Unlike other types of medical appointments, what you discuss with your doctor is not confidential once a personal injury lawsuit has been filed. That means anything you say at your doctor’s appointment could be used during case mediation and litigation.

Brett M. Bressler—Personal Injury Attorney in Orlando, FL

The law offices of Brett M. Bressler are experienced personal injury attorneys serving Orlando, Florida. We handle car accidents and other personal injury claims, such as dog bites, slips and falls, and medical malpractice. Learn more about our services here. For a free case evaluation, call our Winter Park office at 407-599-2002.

 

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