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5 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Personal Injury Claim Treatment


5 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Personal Injury Claim Treatment


When navigating the aftermath of a personal injury, particularly those stemming from car accidents, the steps you take—or fail to take—will significantly influence the outcome of your claim. At Washington Law Center, our goal is to empower you with the knowledge needed to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. Below, we outline critical mistakes to avoid during your treatment process to strengthen your personal injury claim.


Injury Claim Treatment Mistake #1:
Delaying Medical Treatment


Delaying medical care post-injury can severely undermine your claim. Insurance companies may argue that the delay indicates your injuries were minor or non-existent. Prompt medical care, therefore, is not only essential for your well-being but also reinforces the validity of your claim.


Injury Claim Treatment Mistake #2:
Providing Inaccurate Medical History


Honesty is your best policy, always, but in particular, when comes to your medical history. Concealing prior injuries or health conditions can detrimentally affect your case, as insurers may argue that your current injuries are pre-existing. Full transparency allows for an accurate assessment of your claim. In Washington, an at-fault driver must take their victim as they find them but when a victim conceals past injuries or treatment it creates the wrong perception and more importantly changes how a provider may or may not treat a patient. 


Injury Claim Treatment Mistake #3:
Having Gaps in Treatment


Consistency in following your prescribed treatment schedule is vital. Insurance providers, and potentially juries, might interpret treatment gaps as evidence of recovered health, questioning the need for further medical intervention.


Injury Claim Treatment Mistake #4:
Ignoring Medical Referrals


Disregarding referrals for further specialist consultations or diagnostic testing (e.g., MRIs) will likely be perceived as a dismissal of the need for additional treatment. This perception weakens your claim by suggesting a lack of serious injury.


Injury Claim Treatment Mistake #5:
Underestimating Your Injuries


Minimizing the severity of your injuries can lead to a diminished understanding of your condition, both medically and legally. Honest communication about your symptoms and their impact on your daily life is crucial for an accurate medical record, which in turn supports your claim.


In Summary, Here Are The Mistakes To Avoid:


Do not delay seeking medical treatment immediately after your injury.

Be transparent about your medical history with all healthcare providers.

Adhere strictly to your treatment plan, avoiding any gaps.

Follow through on all referrals for additional tests or specialist consultations.

Communicate openly about the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life.


Our team at Washington Law Center is dedicated to guiding you through this challenging time with expertise and compassion. If you or a loved one is dealing with the repercussions of a personal injury, we encourage you to reach out for legal support. Our commitment is to advocate for your rights and ensure you receive the comprehensive care and compensation you deserve.


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Ashton Dennis

Personal Injury Attorney

Ashton Dennis is a litigation and trial attorney at Washington Law Center focused on representing individuals and families who have suffered a serious personal injury or wrongful death. He was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers of Washington State and one of the “Premier 100” trial attorneys by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers in Washington. Click here to learn more about Ashton.

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