When you’ve been in an accident, and you suffered an injury, the most important thing is to get the appropriate medical care in a timely manner. However, it’s also good to be aware that the doctor you visit for care, the treatment they prescribe and the results of any medical test results could impact your personal injury claim.
Can My Doctor Impact My Personal Injury Claim?
Yes, your doctor can impact your personal injury claim. In fact, it is more accurate to say that your personal injury will rely heavily on your doctor. The doctor you work with following an injury is one of the most important aspects of your personal injury claim - from increasing the settlement amount to showing that the injury could result in lifelong complications, running the appropriate medical tests, and more.
Your Doctor & Your Personal Injury Claim: Getting an Accurate Diagnosis
Before receiving appropriate treatment for an injury, you need to receive an accurate diagnosis. In many personal injury cases, the diagnosis is straightforward, but sometimes it can be a bit complex. The diagnosis can often get fairly complex when dealing with slip and fall injuries. While for most, the majority of the costs associated with managing an injury following an accident come from treatment, the costs associated with appointments, and medical tests still add up, and should be taken into consideration when determining personal injury claim compensation.
Do Medical Tests & Other Diagnostic Procedures Affect My Personal Injury Claim?
While it’s a good thing that the costs associated with initial appointments, medical tests, and other diagnostic procedures are considered part of the “costs” you are facing due to the accident, if you are working with a physician who spends an inordinate amount of time diagnosing your injury in comparison to actually treating it - it could actually harm your case due to the diagnosis-to-treatment ratio coming into play when determining your compensation. For instance, when a physician spends far more time diagnosing you than treating your injury, the insurance company will often see this as an indication that the injuries are not severe, and will often lower the compensation amount they deem appropriate for the case.
What About the Medical Test Results?
While an inordinate amount of medical tests and diagnostic procedures could negatively affect the insurance adjuster’s compensation calculations for your personal injury claim, the actual medical test results also come into play. For any personal injury claim to be successful, the injured party needs to prove that an injury was suffered, and that the proper treatment was obtained for the injury or injuries. Medical test results are often a key factor in proving that there is, in fact, an injury. The results of the right medical tests can go a long way towards proving the validity of your personal injury claim.
If you have been injured and someone else is at fault, you have the right to receive compensation for your losses. Get in touch with Moss Bollinger, Oxnard, California personal injury attorney, he’s dedicated to protecting and asserting the rights of his clients. Call 866-942-7974 today for a free consultation or contact us online.