One of the most common mistakes that people make after being involved in a serious car accident is not following doctor’s orders.
Many people do not realize that failing to adhere to the treatment plan that a doctor set up for you can not only affect your health, but it can also ruin your claim.
In order for the at-fault party’s insurance company to pay out for the injuries that you suffered, the adjuster depends on proof that you really were hurt as badly as you claim. That is why it is important to always seek treatment immediately after the wreck. Go to the emergency room to rule out any serious head injuries or potential fractures, even if you feel like the pain may subside. The adrenaline rushing through your body after the incident can easily mask injuries that may be lurking.
Follow your doctor's treatment plan, even after you start to feel better. There is a reason that your doctor is having you go to therapy, or avoid certain activities. Failing to follow his or her directions could end up causing your pain to come back. Not only that, but stopping therapy shows a gap in your treatment, which will raise a red flag with the insurance company.
If the insurance company has reason to believe that your injury has healed, they may not pay for any treatment later on down the road, or it may be hard to prove that subsequent treatment was, in fact, related to the accident.
Talk to your doctor frequently and communicate your pain evels. If you are starting to feel that you truly are on the mend, make sure that you seek the physician’s approval before ending the treatment before advised to do so.
Protect your health and your claim by always following doctor's orders, and in turn you will maximize your recovery.