Every year thousands of Iowans are hurt in car accidents throughout the state of Iowa. Unfortunately, many end up making costly, but avoidable mistakes. Here is a list of some of the common mistakes and how you can avoid making them.
1. Failing to Seek Medical Care
It is common in car accidents to not immediately have pain following the crash. This is because sometimes your adrenalin is running and no one wants to have an injury. However, if you start to have any symptoms it is very important that you immediately seek medical care. Failing to do so will not only hurt your claim, but you will not get the treatment that you need. Often we see people who seemed okay on the scene, but later that night or the next morning were hurting and went to the emergency room or to see their doctor. The key is to not delay and go see your doctor as soon as symptoms begin.
2. Not Disclosing Your Prior Medical Problems
While you probably do not remember every time that you have seen a doctor for prior problems, it is very important that you are truthful with your doctors and the insurance adjustor about any prior injuries that you have had. Failing to tell them about your prior problems will not make them go away. The insurance adjustor will want to see your prior medical records before making you an offer. It is part of their job to make sure that your current problems were not caused by something other than the car crash at issue. Your doctor needs to know about prior problems in order to treat your current problems properly. Also, keep in mind that even if you had prior problems, if the car accident has made them worse then you are to receive compensation for the worsening of the medical problem. It is not uncommon for people to have prior chiropractic care, back and neck pain, but failing to disclose prior treatment can significantly damage your case and you will not receive the medical care and treatment that you need.
3. Failing to Continue Treating
No one likes to have to go to doctors' appointments, physical therapy and otherwise have their life interrupted by medical appointments. However, your medical treatment and the records associated with it is one of the most important parts of your claim. If you start missing appointments or telling your doctor that you are fine when in fact you are still having problems then you are not only damaging the value of your case, but also not getting the help you need. If you are still having medical problems, then you need to continue to treat and get the medical care that you need.
4. Not Telling Your Medical Providers about Everything that Hurts
When you go to a doctor sometimes you may be nervous or may forget about all of the problems that you are having. It is very important that you tell all of your medical providers about all of your problems related to the accident. If several weeks after a car accident you first tell your doctors about a problem you are having, then this can create problems with your case. It is a good idea to write down all the problems you are having and bring them with you to each doctors' appointment.
This is a short summary of how to avoid a few of the common mistakes made, but if you would like more information then we have a book available at no cost or risk about Iowa car accidents. Our book discloses the other mistakes, reveals 10 myths about Iowa car accident cases and gives you information about whether you even need to hire an attorney in your case.