When filing a lawsuit for a personal injury claim, your defendant is going to try to find any way that they can to limit the amount of money that they have to pay out in the end. They will try to do this by claiming you played a part in your injury, often by saying you didn't seek medical help for an injury. This puts part of the blame on you, which means you may not receive the compensation you need. Here are 3 ways you can mitigate the damages to show that you are doing all you can.
Get Immediate Medical Attention
You'll want to get medical care immediately after the injury occurred. Most importantly, it demonstrates that the injury was serious enough that it required immediate attention. If you wait to see a doctor, it could mean that the injury was not something that required help right away.
Use your best judgment in situations like this. Some situations may not be so crystal clear, such as if you thought a broken ankle was a sprained ankle and decided to wait it out. As a general rule, if your injury is clear, don't delay in getting medical care.
Accept The Medical Treatment Suggested
Getting medical care is not enough, since it's possible for somebody to ignore the advice from their doctor. This includes not going to a follow-up appointment to check up on an injury, since it shows that the injury may not be that serious.
The defendant could claim that this is proof of the injury not being worth the compensation you are requesting, because you didn't feel it was a necessary to follow the doctor's recovery instructions. Ignoring instructions could also make the injury worse, and the defendant may argue that they are not responsible for paying all expenses.
Seeking alternative medical treatments, as opposed to conventional medicine, could be another argument from the defendant that you didn't seek proper medical care. Keep these things in mind when you decide to select your treatment options.
Continue To Look For Employment
Another aspect of a personal injury claim is lost wages due to the injury. If the injury is making it difficult to get employment, you must prove that by showing that you have actively been seeking employment. If you have a history of jobs that you have applied to and been denied employment, it can help make your case that it is due to the injury. To find out more, speak with someone like Velde Moore Limited.