Do gaps in treatment harm my Ohio motor vehicle claim?
Attorney David M. Chester from Chester Law Group, a Toledo car accident law firm with offices across Ohio and based in Akron, discusses below whether gaps in treatment harm your Ohio accident claim.
When dealing with non-catastrophic injury claims, if the gaps in treatment are not explained in the medical notes by the doctor, the insurance company representing the person who hurt you may assume it is evidence that you have recovered.
Now, I'm not saying you need to go to the doctor every day, but if you are in pain, it is important that you follow your doctor's treatment plan and regularly see the medical provider you chose to see.
Talk to your doctor about a treatment plan and stick to it. Not only do you need to make sure you are getting the treatment you need, but if you do not regularly treat when you are in pain, your claim will suffer and you will not get the compensation you are entitled to.
Remember, it is all about providing truthful, detailed documented medical evidence of your injuries, symptoms, limitations at work and home, long term affects of the injuries, etc. How can the doctor do this if you are not there to see him and tell him how you are feeling?
Remember, you have the burden of proving you are hurt as badly and for as long as you really are. You can't just sit at home in bed for a year in pain without any medical treatment or visits and expect anybody to believe you, especially the insurance company of the person who hurt you in the first place. First and foremost do not delay seeking medical treatment!
You need legitimate documented medical evidence of your injuries, and going to your scheduled medical appointments is part of that process.
For more information on this subject you may want to request a free copy of The Insider's Guide to Handling Ohio Accident Claims. This book describes in more detail what injured Ohio car accident victims need to know and understand to protect their rights.