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Personal Injury Patients Need to Keep Doctor Informed

The success of a personal injury claim relies heavily on the medical documentation that your attorney submits to the responsible party's insurance company. In order for the insurance company to accurately assess your claim, they must understand in depth the damages caused by the negligence of their insured. To ensure that your claim is taken seriously and that the insurance company fully understands the injuries caused by the motor vehicle accident, you must make sure to explain to the doctors that you are treating with your level of pain and injuries suffered from the collision. Often a client will complain to me about their pain however they do not share this information with their doctor. It is important to remember that while I truly appreciate hearing how much clients are feeling, it is even more important to express this to your doctors as they are the ones who will be writing the reports. What you say will be reflected in the doctors' reports and therefore it is extremely important to articulate how you are feeling as a result of the motor vehicle accident. This will help to build a stronger case against the at-fault party.

Equally as important is making sure to express to your doctors whether or not you feel that the treatment you are receiving is actually helping. Rather than just skipping treatment because it doesn't seem to be working, tell your doctor that you would like to try something else such as a Tens Unit, pain management, or a surgical consult. Insurance companies look over your records with a critical eye and therefore a lapse in treatment will not be looked upon favorably. Instead, discuss with your doctor other options and let your attorney know what you and the doctor have decided.

Sarah Karns Burman
Attorney at Law
Member RI Bar

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