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Denver Personal Injury – What Not To Do

Mark A. Simon Jan. 28, 2016

Recoveries from Denver personal injury often nosedive in value based on the manner in which a patient handles the treatment aspect of the claim they’ve made. Many people don’t realize the risks they take when not following the instructions of their doctor and lawyer to the letter. In almost every case that doesn’t pay out the way it should have, the root of the problem can typically be traced back to something the person did, or didn’t do, in regards to their instructions. The following are just three ways you can ruin your own personal injury case in the Denver area.

  • Giving Deceptive Medical History – Treatment isn't enough to assure the insurance company will look at your claim in a favorable light. Insurance adjusters look very closely at what your doctor(s) report you are telling them. If a patient tells their doctor he or she has never had much in the way of prior back pain, and intentionally glosses over the spine surgery they had a decade earlier, the patient looks like a liar. Insurance companies can, and likely will, use this example of deception to dominate all aspects of their claim evaluation in your case. Patients who minimize prior injuries, or falsely report prior injury history, hardly ever receive successful resolutions of their claims. Insurance companies always secure prior medical records. You must be honest when giving your medical history.

  • Over-Dramatic Presentation of Symptoms – Whether you were in an auto accident or this is part of a worker’s compensation claim, odds are good you were seriously hurt. However, patients who still writhe in pain months into their care are going to be seen by even the most compassionate healthcare providers as deceptive. The advice of Mark A. Simon: Play it straight. Your providers know when you're acting it up and they usually write about it in your records. Insurance adjusters pick up these types of notes in your medical records, and they work to your great disadvantage.

  • Stopping Treatment Early – Getting medical treatment for your injuries is the single most objective way for a client to show an insurance company their level of injury. If treatment is brief, the insurance company will assume that the injury is minor. Smaller injuries means smaller settlement offers. More treatment generally means more meaningful settlement offers. Certainly, we here at Mark A. Simon are not advising anyone to receive treatment when you no longer need to, or if you are not injured. What we are saying is that unless your injuries are minor and less complex, quitting care early is extremely ill-advised.

If you experienced a personal injury in the Denver area, whether from an auto accident or on the job, please seek medical treatment. However, in recovering from your injuries, you must avoid prematurely ending your treatment, providing deceptive medical history, and over-exaggerating your pain/injuries. Give Mark A. Simon a call today if you have been injured.