Treatment in Injury Claims



You’re hurt.  You want to get better.  The obvious next step is to go get treatment.  But where? With whom?  What kind?  How much?

These are easy questions for me to answer: I don’t know and am not qualified to say!  Unlike a lot of attorneys, I’m not going to tell you where to go, whom to seek out, what treatment modality is best for you, or how much you should get.  That’s just not what I’m trained to do.

What I am trained to do is to tell you how these decisions can affect the value of your claim.

Personally, I’m not as worried about where/what you’re doing with regards to treatment, but I’m more concerned that you ARE IN FACT GETTING SOME KIND OF TREATMENT.

The best way to articulate this concern is this: Injury claims are judged on many things.  One of the main factors is your pain and suffering.  Whether it’s right or wrong I can’t say, but one way to measure this is how much treatment you’re suffering through.  Your pain and suffering argument is intrinsically linked to how much treatment you’re getting.

So if you aren’t getting any treatment, that is going to drastically and negatively affect the value of your claim.

Conversely, if you are getting ALL the treatment, as the kids say these days, then that just looks like you’re running up an unnecessary bill, and you don’t want to do that.  That doesn’t help anyone.

The moral of the story is that if you’re hurt, get appropriate treatment.  Trust your health care providers to tell you what that is, and keep me posted as to what’s going on throughout your recovery.  If you do those things, you really help your chances of getting a reasonable outcome in your claim.


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