If you have been involved in an accident and suffered injuries, seeking medical treatment is extremely important to your well-being, as well as your personal injury claim. If you have been injured, then it is likely that you will be making a few trips to the doctor. When follow up appointments are made, it is essential that you keep up with these appointments, as they will benefit your progress in recovery and your overall case. With that being said, if you choose to file a personal injury claim and there is a gap in treatment, this could lessen your compensation substantially.
What is a Gap?
There are two types of gap in treatment. The first type of gap is the time between when you got into the accident and when you first start treating injuries from that accident. For instance, you were in an accident but didn’t seek treatment until six months later. Another type of gap in treatment is when you first start getting treatment after an accident and let several months go by before you see the doctor again.
It is important to know that insurance adjusters are trying to find ways to devalue your claim in any way. If they notice a gap in medical treatment, they will use this as evidence that your injuries are not as serious as you claim them to be. This is why it is so important to meet with your doctor regularly and attend all your appointments.
Reasons Why You May Have a Gap in Treatment
Of course there are legitimate reasons as to why you may have a gap in treatment. Perhaps you are experiencing an illness that prevents you from attending your appointments, you were out of town on vacation, or you were taking care of a sick relative. Whatever the reason, it is extremely important that you communicate this with your personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will document the reasoning as to why you were unable to attend your appointment so that it cannot be used against you.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, it is important to have a dedicated legal team on your side. At the Law Offices of Payam Y. Poursalimi, our team is dedicated to providing the best legal help possible. Contact our team today for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles!