Some of the best advice I can give to injury victims as a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer can be expressed in three simple statements:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Tell the doctor everything – no matter how inconsequential
- Listen to what the doctor tells you and follow their instructions
Do these things, and you help your attorney ensure you have the best possible case against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Fail to do any or all of these things, and there is a very good chance that you will not get the full and fair compensation you deserve. I cannot stress this enough.
Seek Medical Attention as Soon as Possible
Here in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, we are a special breed of people. We try to tough things out. Men in particular are bad at this. Despite the fact that they are experiencing aches, they have an overwhelming urge to ignore them, or to tell themselves that they will heal on their own. You’re not Chuck Norris. If you’ve been in a car, truck or motorcycle wreck, you need to visit the doctor. When you go up against the might of the insurance company you want to have the best possible evidence in support of your claim. Delay seeking medical attention and you undermine your entire case.
Tell the Doctor Everything – No Matter How Inconsequential
Don’t worry about bothering your doctor with little things. You never know when something relatively minor could turn into something huge. Remember that your doctor will keep detailed records of everything you discuss – and that these records will ultimately become evidence in support of your case. Don’t leave anything out. Don’t just focus on the major sources of pain – make sure your doctor is aware of everything. Failure to do so means at best you’re leaving compensation on the table or at worst that you’re ignoring symptoms which could have devastating consequences for you down the road.
Listen to What the Doctor Tells You and Follow Their Instructions
Ignoring your doctor’s advice is equitable to allowing the liable insurance company to reject your claim. Don’t make it easy for them. If your doctor tells you to cancel that vacation, then unfortunately that’s what you’ll have to do (hopefully you bought travel insurance). Even more important that the money you stand to lose by disregarding medical advice, of course, is the fact that you could be putting your long-term health in jeopardy. Remember, your doctor is not focused on your insurance claim (that’d be your attorney) – they are focused entirely on your wellbeing. They want you to get better and to return to the normal life you have before your accident. Take their advice seriously.
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