When you are injured in a car accident or other unexpected way, it can be difficult to adjust to all the new appointments in your calendar. From follow up physician appointments to x-rays, MRIs to outpatient therapy sessions, your unexpected injury has suddenly taken over a majority of your life. Unfortunately, some people who were unexpectedly injured begin to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and downright tired of the appointments and sessions that they simply stop going. This “gap in treatment” or full cessation of treatment can not only harm the person’s body but can also negatively affect insurance payment or other compensation.
Why Gaps in Treatment Happen
When someone is hurt in a car accident, they may feel fine initially. Thanks to our body’s response system, endorphins and other chemicals released by the brain when we are hurt or injured can mask pain. There can also be a sense of pride, with people feeling embarrassed to get checked out by emergency responder after a vehicle accident or other unexpected injury. However, once those endorphins go away, pain can quickly arise.
For many people who were injured in a vehicle crash, pain can arrive three to seven days after the injury and continue for weeks, months, or years. Unfortunately, the longer the person goes without seeking medical treatment, the harder it can be to prove the accident was the cause of the injury or condition.
Gaps in treatment can also happen when a patient gets tired of all the follow-up appointments, especially if they feel no relief. In these cases, the patient ends up suffering from chronic pain due to unresolved complications or an incorrect diagnosis. Similarly to someone who doesn’t seek medical treatment immediately, it becomes more difficult to hold the insurance company accountable for injuries when there are lapses in treatment.
What You Should Do
If you are injured in a vehicle accident or other situation, seek medical treatment immediately. Don’t delay. Keep a journal with your symptoms or concerns. Return to your physician as directed and follow discharge instructions. Finally, call the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates. We can help you feel less overwhelmed with the process and assure you are getting the compensation you deserve.