How Minimizing Your Injuries to a Doctor Can Really Hurt Your Accident Case

Video Transcription:
After an accident, it's very important to let your doctor know exactly how bad the injury is affecting you.

Let me tell you a little bit of a story of an experience I had recently. I had a client that was in an accident and was treating with a doctor but the client was concerned that if the doctor thought that he was too badly injured he might take him off work or suggest that he could no longer work.

So, every time he went to the doctor's visit he kept minimizing how badly he felt and kept emphasizing how much the therapy was helping and how much better he was feeling. Well, at the end of the treatment period when the doctor released him and we have the records and we are going over them, my client is explaining how terribly he feels and how it's affecting everything that he does but the medical records are showing that the treatment has been pretty effective and the injury really wasn't bothering him all that much. So, how can we convince a claims adjuster that someone is seriously injured when they are telling their doctor that it's not all that bad?

This is what happens when someone minimizes their symptoms to their doctor. This is one of those things that you need to avoid. Speak truthfully, don't make it worse than it is but don't make it better than it is either.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.