If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you must understand that the insurance company paying your medical bills will be working to dodge its responsibility and prove that you’re either faking the injury or are no longer in need of assistance. This is why it is absolutely vital that the first thing you do after a car accident is set an appointment with a doctor to be checked for injuries — the bigger the gap between accident and diagnosis, the easier it is for the insurance company to claim it wasn’t the accident that caused the injury. It’s also possible that you are injured worse than you think; you may not feel the full brunt of injuries for days or weeks after a crash.
Once you have been diagnosed with an accident-related injury and are receiving treatment, you must work hard to stay in line with the expectations of your medical professionals. Keep every doctor’s appointment you set, and keep every appointment set by a court or insurance adjuster. Make the time to stay on the right track; any small mistake can be capitalized upon by the insurance company. Additionally, you must follow your doctor’s advice to the letter when being treated for auto accident injuries. Deviating from the recommended treatment or recovery plan will be taken as evidence by the insurance company that you don’t actually require either.
As leading Los Angeles trial lawyers, we’ve seen the reality of how insurance companies treat injured accident victims. And while we don’t want to create a sense that everyone is out to get you or that every insurance company is actively attempting to destroy your credibility, please trust us when we say that sticking to your doctor’s appointment schedule and following his or her medical advice will make your injuries and the damages related to them much easier to prove in court. It takes a little more effort to do things right, but this effort will benefit you in the long run both in terms of your physical recovery and the outcome of your case.