What is worse than being seriously injured in a bike accident? Making an honest medical mistake that prevents you from getting compensation for your damages. Keep reading to learn the four mistakes you do not want to make after a bike accident. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to speak to a Phoenix bike accident attorney who can help.
- Failing to Seek Immediate Medical Attention
- Hiding Information from Your Doctor
- Not Giving Full Information on the Current Symptoms
- Ignoring Any Part of Your Doctor’s Orders
It is very rare for a bike accident to not cause any injury whatsoever. It may be that your injury seems minor but it could be much more serious than you think. If you have a cut, suspect that a bone is broken, or are bleeding then you should go with an ambulance to the hospital. Otherwise, get to the E.R. as soon as possible or see your primary care physician. Failing to do so can result in a denial of your claim if the insurance companies use the fact that you did not get emergency care as evidence that you were not injured.
There are many reasons people end up not giving all the necessary information to their doctor. They may hide their medical history because they are worried that a pre-existing condition may mean they cannot get the compensation they deserve.
The truth is that if your doctor does not have all the information then they cannot offer you the best treatment. Not only does this mean more pain and hassle for you but it could also mean a denial of or reduction in your claim as the insurance company could claim that your injury would not have been as serious if you had gotten proper care right away.
Just as bad, some patients may downplay or exaggerate their current symptoms. They may say their leg hurts when really they are in excruciating pain. They may say they are experiencing impossible pain in their heads when they are actually having minor headaches off and on. Again, the key is to be 100% honest with your doctor. Tell them exactly what is and is not happening. Failing to do so could cast doubt on your claim.
If your doctor tells you that you need to say off your leg for eight weeks then you had better do that. If they tell you that you should go to physical therapy on a weekly basis, then you need to do so. If you neglect to follow these orders, you can count on the insurance company using this as evidence both that you are not as injured as you say you are and that you would have gotten to full recovery faster if you had followed the directions.
If you have questions about these or other types of accidents please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.