Can Missing Doctor Appointments Hurt Your Injury Claim?
If you have been in an accident and are filing or have filed an injury claim, there are certain things that should be done in order to make sure that things go your way. Taking the proper steps along the way will help to ensure that you are able to get the proper compensation for what has taken place. If you do the wrong things or if you aren’t proactive, it could end up costing you in some way or another.
One of the questions that some people ask when they are seeking compensation for injuries or property damage is if it is necessary to keep all scheduled doctor appointments during the time that the case is ongoing. The short answer is yes, it is important to keep the appointments. There is much more to the answer, however, than simply knowing that you should keep the appointments. It is also a good idea to understand why keeping those appointments is so important.
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First of all, any medical appointment that you don’t keep during the time that the case is ongoing is potentially going to be considered evidence in the case. Since compensation is being sought for any injuries that have taken place, it is necessary to prove that the injuries exist. In some cases, these facts will be brought up in court if the case goes that far. Missing any medical appointments could make it appear as if medical care is unnecessary. Even if the case is settled out of court then those appointments are going to be important for that settlement. If you are missing appointments, they may decide that they have a better case and take it to court rather than settling out of court.
Another factor that needs to be considered is your credibility. This is also something that is going to make a difference in your case. When you miss any appointments, you may appear suspicious to any jury that is looking in on the case. The lawyers may argue that you would have kept your appointment if you were in need of it. Keeping your appointments will not necessarily make you look more credible but missing them will certainly be used against you if the case goes to court.
Depending on your insurance, there may also be another reason to keep your medical appointments. Some insurance companies will cover your medical bills, regardless of whether you were successful with your claim or not. If you miss the appointments, however, they might be able to deny your insurance claim and you would be left having to pay those bills on your own.
Most importantly, missing appointments can unnecessarily delay your healing and restoration to good health! Regardless of whether your injury claim is successful, you want to take all the steps you reasonably can to get and stay healthy.
In addition to missed appointments, gaps in medical care and treatment are significant. Delays in getting immediate care after an accident will raise questions about whether or not the accident caused your injury. Gaps in treatment can also raise questions about the severity of an injury and undermine claims of permanence and seriousness.
The bottom line is, if you’ve been injured, seeking medical care immediately and follow your doctor’s’ advice to ensure that the medical care you receive will help you get better and maximize your recovery. Contact The Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel by calling (516) 822-7866 today.