People from Illinois are tough. We proudly weather harsh Illinois winters and jokes about a Cubs team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908. Unfortunately, this rugged Midwest spirit prevents many of us from admitting when we’re injured and vulnerable. After an accident, many people put off seeing a doctor because they assume their injuries will heal with time. Other times, work obligations or the business of everyday life get in the way of seeking medical help for an accident injury.
Whether you’re a busy parent overwhelmed by taking care of kids and the house or a dedicated worker reluctant to take a day or two off, delaying medical care can hurt your health. It can also hurt your personal injury case.
Insurance Company Tactics
If you have been injured in an accident, it’s important to follow up with a medical professional. It’s equally important to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding continuing care and treatment. Finally, it’s a good idea to keep a record of your pain and symptoms, keeping in mind that the litigation process can often take years.
Medical treatment is important for both your health and your case. What you may not realize is that the insurance company and its adjusters are continuously looking for ways to minimize the value of your claim. As a business, the insurance company has a compelling incentive to protect its profits by paying you as little as possible for your injuries and losses.
One of the ways insurers seek to minimize your claim is by challenging the severity of your injuries. They often try to trivialize or downplay your injuries by showing a lack of documentation or lengthy gaps between the accident and medical treatment. By seeing a doctor as soon as possible after an accident, you can begin documenting your injury and treatment through medical records. It’s also very important to keep your appointments and to follow up with any specialists your doctor recommends.
Although you may be inclined to “tough it out” or use a “wait and see” approach to seeking medical care after your accident, it is critically important to take care of yourself right away. Your health – and your case – depends on it.
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