After a serious car accident in Virginia where negligence could be involved, it is helpful to seek legal guidance from an experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer. Victims of sudden car crashes may be able to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for their damages. When it comes to how to proceed with filing a claim an attorney will be a valuable resource.
There are specific events that must happen before compensation can be possible. First, a plaintiff must show through evidence that the defendant was negligent. Then, that negligent behavior caused the event that led to the injuries the plaintiff suffered. Once negligence associated with a victim’s damages and resulting physical bodily harm is established, then compensation for medical damages and more can be requested and likely paid out.
How Does Missing Doctor Appointments Affect Your Personal Injury Claim?
After a Virginia Beach car accident, seeing a doctor for injuries and following their medical guidance is good for a victim’s improved wellbeing and personal injury claim success. There are many legitimate reasons why a victim may be unable to make it to their doctors’ appointments. Some of these reasons could even fortify a claim. If a victim is not in contact with their attorney keeping them abreast of what is happening that is keeping them from making it to the doctor as recommended, their ability to obtain maximum recovery could be greatly reduced.
When an insurance adjuster sees that a victim is missing their doctors’ appointments and/or not following through with their doctor’s orders to heal, this will be a tool used against a victim to pay them less than they are entitled to. To an adjuster, not following medical advice and making it to appointments show the injuries a victim claims to have either do not exist or are not as severe as they are said to be. This would mean a potentially lower settlement amount putting a victim in a difficult position where their medical costs would not be fully compensated for. Should that happen, costs would be paid out of the victim’s pocket Because medical care can be so expensive, a victim may not be able to afford the treatment they need to get better.
Your attorney will be able to help you collect the documentation necessary to show why you had to miss your doctor’s appointment. Potentially you were forced to miss one because of the severity of your injuries. This could help your case. It is always important to get the medical treatment you need and see the doctors you are advised to so you can get better and to ensure your claim is not impaired. But if you cannot make it to see your doctor, then it is critical that you stay in contact with your attorney. Your attorney will guide you on the necessary steps to take to keep the insurance adjuster from treating you unfairly with regard to how much you can get in your settlement.
Speak to a Virginia Beach Injury Attorney Today
There is a lot to think about after an injury accident in Virginia Beach. The whole ordeal can be very overwhelming, and it is easy to make missteps here and there or have issues along the way. Your Virginia Beach injury attorney at Virginia Beach Injury Law can help take some of the stress out of the process and provide you with helpful legal counsel that is supportive and strategic. Call Virginia Beach Injury Law today to speak with Ron Kramer, a Hampton Road personal injury attorney during a free consultation at (757) 802-4662.