What is a Diagnosis?
The process of recognizing and classifying a disease or condition based on the symptoms. Following an accident, a medical professional may provide you with a diagnosis after analyzing and assessing your current physical and mental condition.
Why Does a Diagnosis Matter After a Personal Injury Accident?
Personal injury accidents are those that occur as a direct result of the carelessness or recklessness of another person or party. You have the legal right to sue for financial compensation in the event that you sustain injuries that were not your fault. You will, however, need to provide proof of both the negligence that caused your injuries and the injuries themselves in order to do so.
Receiving a diagnosis can assist in demonstrating the severity of the injury that you sustained. For example:
- You were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault.
- After the accident, you started to feel pain symptoms.
- You went to the doctor and received an exam.
- The doctor diagnosed you based on your symptoms and their evaluation.
The incident described above results in the provision of medical documentation indicating that a diagnosis was made. There is hard evidence of your injuries and the treatment requirements when you make a claim to seek damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If you can provide evidence that demonstrates the full extent of your injuries and damages, the insurance company will be much more likely to take your claim seriously.
Will a Diagnosis Increase My Settlement Value?
Your healthcare provider will need to make a diagnosis of your injury before they can properly treat you for it. Insurance companies will investigate any possibility that could lower the amount of money they have to pay out to settle injury claims. They will concentrate their efforts on finding a way out of paying for medical expenses, as this is the component of an injury claim that contributes the most financially.
If you see a medical professional and receive an exam and diagnosis after being involved in an accident, this can help your case in two significant ways:
- You will be provided with medical documentation by a qualified medical professional of your diagnosis.
- Your doctor will come up with a treatment plan once a diagnosis has been made, and you will be able to obtain records of this plan to use in your injury claim.
You will need to provide evidence that all of your medical expenses are a direct result of the injuries you sustained in the personal injury accident you were involved in. Obtaining a diagnosis is the initial step in taking this course of action.
Choose a Doctor for Your Diagnosis
Keeping all of this information in mind, it is imperative that you seek the services of the most qualified doctor for both diagnosis and treatment options.
In a perfect world, the costs associated with your treatment would be greater than those associated with your diagnosis.
If your doctor orders a large number of tests that are not necessary and are costly, and the majority of your medical bills are for diagnosis rather than treatment, the insurance company may offer you a lower settlement amount.
Get Treatment as Soon as Possible
When you’re involved in an accident, you should make treatment your top priority.
Unfortunatley, even if you are injured after the accident, if you wait too long to seek treatment, the insurance company will try to deny your claim. They will say that you couldn’t have been injured during the accident because you wanted too long before getting medical help.
It’s always best to seek treatment within 24 hours of the accident. This way, you’ll have it documented that you were involved in an accident, and because of that accident, you are seeking some type of medical care.
If you need help determining which type of doctor is best for you, our personal injury attorneys may be able to help.
When you contact The Brown Firm for a free consultation, we will be able to provide you with a recommendation for a doctor. It’s our top priority to make sure you take the right steps after an accident so that you can receive maximum compensation for your losses.
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