Upon filing a personal injury claim for an accident you've sustained, it's crucial that you make as much effort as needed to ensure that you receive necessary medical attention. Ongoing medical reports and proof of taking medications prescribed can help strengthen your case and give your personal injury attorney the ammo needed to gun for the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. To ensure that you get everything you deserve, here are 3 medical tips you should know.
Receive Ongoing Medical Attention and Treatments
As long as you are still affected by the injuries, you'll want to constantly receive medical attention. The ongoing medical reports will prove to the court that you have done your due diligence in making sure that you'll recover quickly from the injuries. The reports will also provide insight as to the severity of your injuries and the rate of recovery expected.
If you're going to be claiming non-economic losses for pain and suffering endured, you'll want to specify where you feel pain and how severe the pain may be.
Settle Only When You Reach Maximum Medical improvement (MMI)
While the other parties involved may want to get you to settle as soon as possible, there's really no rush. You want to wait until your physician feels comfortable confirming that you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), otherwise known as the most you'll recover. Until you reach MMI, you never know if any of your injuries may actually become permanent disabilities.
Using the MMI, your attorney will be able to calculate the future damages that were inflicted upon you due to the accident. If you settle too early, you won't be able to renegotiate the settlement even if your injuries take a turn for the worst.
Request for an Estimate of the Cost of Different Treatments
You are entitled to try out all of the medications and treatments needed to fully recover. Don't settle for generic brands or less effective, but cheaper treatments. Aim to get what you deserve in order to make a complete recovery. If you'll be needing medications or treatments in the future, have a physician provide an estimate regarding the length of the treatments you'll need and the cost. You'll want to have several options listed.
Don't settle for less if you've been injured. Speak to a personal injury attorney in order to sue for the compensation you rightfully deserve. Your attorney will help you calculate the amount of compensation you'll need in the future and the amount of compensation you should be awarded for non-economic losses. However, to build a strong case, you'll need to be responsible for getting the medical attention you need.