If you have been injured, the first thing you should do is seek medical care as soon as possible. Not only is your health and well-being the most important priority, but you could be jeopardizing a potential lawsuit by delaying medical attention.
Seek Professional Care
Be sure and seek care from a professional, reputable doctor right away. While alternative medicines and home treatments may help you feel better, you’ll want to use a mainstream doctor to make your case more credible.
Your doctor will be an important part of your case, so choose one that you can trust and one that can help you determine the best course of treatment for your injury.
Get a Diagnosis
The first thing your doctor will do is evaluate you and give you a diagnosis. An accurate diagnosis is important is determining the appropriate treatment. The costs associated with getting a diagnosis will be a part of your lawsuit, so make sure your doctor is giving you a clear, documented diagnosis and treatment plan, including any recommended referrals for additional care.
Follow Through With Treatment
Once you have a diagnosis, you need to make sure you are treated for that diagnosis. Getting a diagnosis and not following up on treatment could hurt your case, so it’s up to you to continue your treatment as recommended by your doctor. Use any specialists, physical therapists, or other treatment professionals suggested by your doctor; now is not the time to try out your neighbor, who is studying to be an acupuncturist. Stick with your referrals, and see doctors that you are referred to by your primary doctor.
Using other specialists associated with your doctor will help to assure that your doctor has all the needed paperwork for your case as follow through with all treatment your doctor recommends. If you drop the ball, or don’t go where you were referred, your injury might not be taken seriously in the eyes of the law, and it could hurt your case.
Remember, your treatment should be appropriate for the diagnosis you received. Doing unnecessary treatments, or not enough treatment for your injury, could jeopardize your lawsuit. Stick to the recommendations of your doctor as to the most appropriate treatment, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and have an open dialogue with the professionals treating you so you can understand your injuries and how you’re recovering.
If you follow all these steps, your doctor will have solid documentation and you will be able to provide credible information to your lawyers in the event of a lawsuit. This will only strengthen your case, and potentially get you a better settlement. If you need help or would like to chat about your case in Snohomish or King County (or the surrounding areas), please feel free to contact Elsner Law Firm directly.