The Prescription for a Positive Personal Injury Lawsuit OutcomeMost people are willing to follow their doctor’s orders to the letter if it means faster healing after an accident. Others, on the other hand, view their doctor’s orders as coddling, and push the limits on what they can and cannot do until they either do get better or injure something else. In a personal injury case, however, one does not have the luxury of picking and choosing when to follow the doctor’s orders. We understand that adhering to every single one of the doctor’s requirements may be frustrating, and even challenging at times, but if you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, it is imperative to the outcome that you do exactly what your doctor says. At Hofmann Law Offices, PLLC, our Tucson personal injury lawyers guide our clients on the best course of action in their personal injury case, so that they win the compensation and care that they need and deserve. Why Follow Doctor’s Orders? According to PubMed.gov, 50% of patients treated for chronic illness fail to follow doctor’s orders, including dietary guidelines and prescription medication recommendations. It is estimated that the same number of patients – if not more – fail to adhere to the doctor’s guidelines when dealing with a personal injury, and not a life-altering disease. However, if you do not follow doctor’s orders in a personal injury case, you could risk having your claim highly scrutinized or, in the worst case, thrown out completely. If you are involved in a personal injury suit, you will quickly learn that the insurance company’s best defense is to catch you in a white lie. For starters, they are going to pick apart your entire medical record. Is there something on there that could be the cause of your current injuries? How long did it take you to seek medical attention for your claimed injuries? Did the doctor run more diagnostics on your current injuries than they did treatment? Have you attended all of your scheduled appointments for your claimed injuries? If the defense finds even one questionable aspect of your medical record, they will use it to destroy your entire claim. Once the defense is done scrutinizing your medical records, they are going to ask about your adherence to your doctor’s orders. When an individual does not follow the doctor’s orders precisely, this tells the opposing side that their injuries are not as severe as they let on, and that the compensation the individual seeks does not match up with the level of injury sustained. Adhering to the doctor’s orders includes:
- Making all scheduled appointments;
- Using all recommended specialists, and not seeking alternative treatments;
- Taking all prescribed medications; and
- Following any recommended lifestyle and/or dietary guidelines.
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