When you are hurt in an accident caused because of the negligence of another person or business, it's important to establish the extent of your injuries. If your injuries are serious, it may take you some time to come to a medical end of treatment. Your compensation in a personal injury lawsuit will depend on the nature of your injuries, the severity, and how long your injuries are expected to last. If you are now permanently disabled because of your injuries and you aren't able to go back to work, you'll need to be able to prove your disability in order to get the compensation you deserve to protect your financial future.
Getting a Baseline of Your Health After the Injuries
You'll need to start seeking medical treatment right after your injury in order to establish a baseline of how your health is. Once a baseline is established, it will be possible to determine your progress during treatment. If you had a recent physical prior to your injuries, this may help establish how serious your injuries are and what it might take for you to get back to your previous state of health.
Follow Through with All Medical Advice
Once you see a treatment provider for a thorough physical, you'll need to follow through with all medical treatment that is recommended. Each provider you go to becomes part of your treatment team. As you go through treatment, each provider will take a careful look at your progress to see if you are recovering from your injuries. To show the extent of your injuries, it always helps to have a variety of treatment providers who have worked with you during your recovery. When you skip out on treatment appointments, it will seem as if you aren't as hurt as you might be claiming in your lawsuit.
Be Honest With Treatment Providers
If you continue to be in pain, you have to be up front with your treatment team. It is not going to help your case to try and push through your pain and suffering without asking for help. When you don't feel a treatment is helping, talk with your provider about your options.
At some point during treatment, you will come to a medical end to treatment. This may be when you are completely recovered, or you may still have some challenges ahead of you that will last a lifetime. Work with your personal injury attorney to document your case.