The duration of pain, the right documentation, and the type of treatment can make a serious difference
If your legal client has been injured in an accident, it’s important to provide them with as much information as possible about how the choices they make after an accident can affect the size of any potential insurance settlement they receive. Considering that personal injury lawsuits are more common than ever, it can be a real challenge to obtain a large enough settlement to provide them the resources they need to live a happy, healthy, and normal life. Getting the right treatment (and the correct documentation) may be able to help.
Getting the correct diagnosis
Before a client gets treated for an injury, they need to be diagnosed by a medical professional. Usually, this is a relatively quick and inexpensive process, and in many cases, insurance companies will simply group the costs of the diagnosis in with the cost of the treatment when calculating a settlement.
However, in the rare case that an injury requires a variety of expensive and time-consuming medical tests to diagnose, an individual could run up large medical bills. If these bills for diagnosis are the majority of the medical costs (in the case that the actual injury is not very serious) it may be more difficult to get insurance to cover the costs of treatment. Therefore, it’s very important to make sure clients consult with high-quality medical professionals who will make a diagnosis as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Consult with an M.D.
No matter what types of treatment your clients end up pursuing to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by their injuries, they should consult with an M.D. first. If they do not, insurance companies are much less likely to consider their injuries, symptoms, and treatments as legitimate and cover them accordingly.
Get a prescription for non-physician treatments
Despite the effectiveness of chiropractic services and physical therapy, insurance companies will not automatically give the costs of these treatments much weight when calculating a settlement, unless a patient has a physician’s prescription first. However, if a prescription is obtained, these treatments can be an important part of the settlement calculation process.
It’s also important to make sure an individual has regular check-ups with a physician to monitor their progress and ensure that they aren’t receiving any treatments that they don’t need. Insurance companies often use complex formulas to calculate the settlements they offer accident victims, but as long as a patient consults a physician to get their injuries diagnosed as quickly as possible, gets a prescription for all non-physician medical treatments, and keeps detailed records, they’re well on their way to getting a settlement that can compensate them for their injuries and help them live an ordinary life.
At Pines Spine and Joint, we have an integrated team of medical professionals, including physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists. With years of experience treating severe and chronic pain, we create customized pain management solutions based on our patient’s specific problems, needs, and medical histories.
Whether you’re an attorney trying to find a suitable pain management practitioner for your clients or an individual in need of treatment, Pines Spine and Joint is here to help. Contact us at 954-589-2319 (East Pines office), 954-430-8000 (West Pines office), or through our online form today.