The value of your case depends on many factors, but two of the most important are: your credibility, and how serious your injuries are.
Now, how does a jury (or a lawyer, or an insurance adjuster) figure out how injured you really are? Usually, the best way is to read your medical records and talk with your doctor. So the value of your claim lies mostly with you and your doctors.
We hear about doctors all the time from our clients. Most of our clients love their doctors. But a significant number of clients hate them. If you hate your doctor, find another one! We know it’s difficult, a hassle, and time-consuming, but it is important that you trust your doctor. If you don’t, then you will avoid making appointments, avoid keeping them when you do make them, and you’ll be less likely to follow your doctor’s orders. Remember, failing to maintain consistent treatments and not following your doctor’s orders is crucial.
Finding good doctor recommendations can be difficult, but take the trouble early, and get to a doctor you trust. Ask friends for recommendations, and search the Internet. If you have a lawyer, that can usually be a good source for a recommendation as well, since personal injury lawyers work with lots of doctors.
It is a mistake to stay with a doctor you don’t trust. And it can hurt your case if they are not credible. So find the right doctor for your, and this will make going through treatments, and eventually getting medical records and trustworthy medical opinions, that much easier down the road.
A good doctor who is well trained in injury recovery and case management is a huge asset. Often a well-trained doctor- whether a chiropractor, physical therapist, or other – is one of the key ingredients in successful recovery from an injury. Make sure that any doctor you see performs appropriate imaging studies, conducts regular re-examinations, keeps you informed of your progress, and refers you to specialists when that will be helpful for your recovery.