After an accident, what may be one of the first ideas you may have in your head? Go to the doctor? What if the injury didn’t seem super serious in the moment? Or what if after that one hospital visit, you feel okay? Accidents can cause serious injuries and you never know for sure until you get medical help and treatment.
At times, injuries are minor in an accident but we always recommend being safe rather than sorry, only if you are comfortable. More specifically, in personal injury law, treatment is very important. We are not talking about just an emergency room visit over a span of a few months and nothing else. We mean treatment, whether physical therapy, chiropractor visits, follow up doctors appointments, etc. From a personal injury law and health perspective, it’s important to do what’s best for you in your circumstance.
Injuries don’t always show up right away after an accident. For example, whiplash injuries in a car accident. Whiplash happens when there is a sudden stop. Oftentimes, these injuries worsen overtime. Moreover, in 75% of patients, symptoms of whiplash can last 6 months or longer. Spinal injuries can stay even longer if it’s not treated. Whiplash could also be referred to as a soft tissue injury.
A soft tissue injury causes damage to parts of the body other than bone. This could include muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries usually result in soreness, swelling, and, or limited mobility. Soft tissue injuries are difficult to detect at first. It may just seem like an irritant but could develop over time as a serious issue in mobility. Oftentimes this takes multiple trips to the doctor because it may be too much treatment for your body all at once or your body may need multiple alignments so that it stays in place where it needs to be. Depending on your injury, there are different doctors for specific injuries.
Prompt and proper treatment of accident injuries can help reduce the chances of incurring chronic pain from the incident. Moreover you need the right doctor that will treat your specific injuries. Treatment is important not just for the sake of your health but for the sake of a personal injury case if you decide to hire a lawyer.
The law has specific rules. For example, the amount of treatment after an accident matters. Every law firm has their own timing requirements for treatment. However, personal injury law firms will oftentimes use medical help as proof of the accident severity. Treatment proves that there was an injury and depending on the amount and timing after the accident, it could also prove that the accident was serious. All in all to show that what the insurance company is offering in compensation is not enough. If there was a gap in treatment, this could negatively affect your personal injury case.
Personal injury law uses logic, reasoning and relatability to plead their case. Logic says that if an injury gets medical treatment for a long period of time, then the injury requires more healing time, which in turn translates to a higher degree of pain and suffering. On the other hand, if treatment was stopped suddenly and a gap continued for a lengthy period of time, the insurance company could use this against you.
They could then say, “The treatment they received is not related to the accident that happened. Maybe they got treatment for something else.” The insurance company could also use that argument to say ”you don’t need that much compensation”. They are sneaky because they are a business making money too. However, you need the right doctor that will value your case. If you are unsure, here are some tips to find the best doctor for you.
Researching the right doctor for your injury is key. If you are unsure where to even start, ask. Seeking legal representation may lead you to the right doctor. Most of the time, your attorney could refer you to a trusted doctor during you case.
Treatment is important for multiple reasons. Treatment methods such as physical therapy, multiple doctor visits, chiropractor visits, etc. depending on your injury. Going to the emergency room is important right after the accident, if necessary. However extra treatment after a sudden accident could save you from a more serious situation.
If treatment costs are what you’re worried about, that’s understandable. Nonetheless, our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, so clients don’t pay anything out of pocket, even medical costs. They come out of the final settlement in the end. An attorney may be just what you need.
Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC, we have a trusted set of doctors we can refer you to. They will add value to your case. However, we can also work with a doctor of your choice. Treatment for your health and your personal injury case is vital. Get the treatment you need. There are many ways to make sure you are taken care of.