Why Is The Timeline Of Medical Care Critical To My Personal Injury Case?
The timeline of your medical care is important to your case. The best thing you can do is to make sure that you follow up with your doctors and follow your doctors’ instructions to avoid gaps in your care. Failing to follow up, lack of diagnostic evidence or testing, or a delay before you seek care are things that, even though they might be perfectly reasonable for a busy person who doesn’t have time to take off work and go to a doctor, will be something that an insurance adjuster or defense attorney will harp on; “if they were so hurt why didn’t they go to the doctor more?” It’s something that a defense attorney or insurance defense can use to drive a wedge into your case, to try to say that you couldn’t have been hurt that badly because you didn’t go to the doctor for a few weeks or a month here or there, or because there was a delay in getting a MRI, X-ray, or another test.
That’s not to say these kind of gaps, delays, or issues aren’t normal over the course of treating for a serious injury. Things happen. Life happens. But it’s important that you have doctors and counsel that understands these issues, how to work through them or how to avoid them possible, and to advise you on how the medical evidence is going to affect your case to help you make informed legal decisions.
You should always make medical decisions for medical reasons. Your health is the most important thing and the only thing you should consider in making medical decisions. You never know what the outcome of a legal action will be and should not make medical decisions on the basis that there is a pending lawsuit. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have some idea about how those decisions could impact your case.
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