Many people, after they’ve been involved in a serious car accident, make some serious mistakes, which may harm a legal case if they ever need to see a personal injury attorney. These mistakes can include:
- Not seeing the doctor when they are in pain.
- Not telling the doctor about ALL the post-accident medical problems they’re experiencing.
- Not following the doctor’s orders.
- Not keeping their doctor appointments.
- Discussing their case with someone other than their attorney or doctor.
Why are these Serious Mistakes?
When you don’t see the doctor and you are in pain, your insurance company, and eventually the jury, are less likely to believe you’re in pain. Doctors need to have documentation of your medical condition and any changes to it. If you ever skip a doctor appointment, this will telegraph to the insurance company and the jury that your condition isn’t that bad.
Getting Your Medical Bills Covered From Your Car Accident
When you engage a personal injury firm like Broussard Hart, the first issue handled will be getting your medical bills paid. At Broussard Hart, we will immediately try to have your medical bills paid by your own insurance company—this can either be tied to your car insurance policy’s medical payments provision, your health insurance policy or in some cases, workers’ compensation insurance. We ask that you send all medical bills relating to your injury to our office, and then we will forward them to the appropriate insurance company for payment. In the event that you have no medical benefits on your auto insurance and no private health insurance, we will ask the responsible party’s insurance company to help you. After all, they caused the harm. If they refuse, which they typically do, we can sometimes make arrangements with local doctors to help you through the hard times. Your health care provider can file a “lien” against your settlement, so if your doctor asks you to sign a “lien letter” you need to let us know so we can advise you on whether this is in your best interest. In some cases, it may not be appropriate. If you have been injured in an accident, and are not sure what to do, you can contact us toll-free at (866) 281-4774