Whenever you are given a plan of action by a doctor for treating an illness or injury, it is probably in your best interest to follow that plan as closely as possible. If you are currently pursuing a personal injury claim however, it is absolutely crucial that you do.
When you file a personal injury claim, the defendant’s insurance company will hire a claims adjuster to investigate your case. One thing the adjuster will look into is what you are doing to recover from your injury, and how closely you are following your doctor’s orders. Even if you think you have a slam-dunk case, if the insurance company finds that you are not following your doctor’s prescribed plan of action, it can very negatively impact your Mercer County personal injury case.
Follow Doctor’s Orders and Seek the Advice of Counsel
It is difficult to navigate all of the intricacies of an accident or injury claim. If you or someone you love have sustained a traumatic injury in a car crash, a construction accident, a slip and fall, or been victim of a dog bite do not risk the health and the future of the injured party. Go to the doctor and enlist the counsel of a highly qualified lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson have over half a century of legal experience protecting the rights of those injured in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence, Hamilton, and across Mercer County, NJ. Call today, at 609-528-2596, or fill out a contact form on our site to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
Following Treatment in Your Trenton Personal Injury Claim
If you fail to follow your doctor’s orders, the insurance company can claim that you are purposely delaying your recovery, or that your injuries are not as serious as you are claiming them to be. In legal terms, they will say that you are “failing to mitigate your damages”, and as such your compensation will be greatly reduced.
While it is extremely important to follow your doctor’s orders as closely as possible, this isn’t to say that you don’t have a say on what exactly your treatment may entail. If you are uncomfortable with your doctor’s orders, possibly because they are calling for heavy doses of addictive or powerful medications, or maybe because they are recommending invasive or dangerous surgery, you are within your rights to seek alternative methods of treatment and another doctor whose treatment you are more comfortable following.
That being said, once you have addressed all of your concerns and you have found a doctor whose plan of treatment you are comfortable with, it is extremely important that you follow that treatment as closely as possible.
When pursuing a personal injury claim, it is important that you find a doctor that you trust, and whose plan of treatment you are ready and capable of following. It is also important that you find an experienced personal injury attorney to help you through the claims process, and make sure you get the compensation you deserve and need.
Contact a Mercer County, NJ Personal Injury Attorney Today
At the law offices of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson, we have extensive experience helping clients through the personal injury claims process, and securing the compensation they need to pay for medical expenses, lost income and wages, and compensation for their pain and suffering.
We offer cost-free consultations to all personal injury clients, we are available for evening and weekend appointments, and all personal injury cases are taken on contingency, meaning you do not pay us until we win your case. To speak with one of our personal injury attorneys today, feel free to contact us online or through our Trenton offices at 609-528-2596.