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Medical Attendances

The most important thing that you can do to assist us, your personal injury lawyer Vancouver, in the preparation of your case is to have good communications with your doctors. We can talk to an insurance adjuster or a jury until we are blue in our faces, and they may or may not believe your injuries; but if a doctor has it written down in his medical records, it is often accepted as the God-given truth.

It is important that you be very complete in your description of your complaints to the doctor. Don’t exaggerate or embellish. Conversely, do not underplay real injuries or symptoms. Make sure that the doctor gets a complete list of your complaints every time you visit. Start at the top of your head and go down to the tip of your toes. Watch that your doctor writes down all of these complaints in your chart. Do not allow a callous or overly busy doctor to cut you short or put you off. If is a common tactic of defence lawyers to obtain full copies of your medical records. They will later argue that if you saw a doctor on a particular date and the doctor did not write down a complaint such as a headache, then you must not have had any problems, Similarly, you will be made to look bad if you had previous medical complaints of a similar nature and have forgotten. Talk to your doctor about these matters. Also, do your part by following your doctor’s advise for treatment. Cost is no excuse in not seeking treatment. You will also be put on the spot if a certain treatment was recommended but you did not follow through with it.

It is never easy and seldom convenient, but make sure you take time to get the medical treatment you need and deserve. Make sure the doctor pays attention to all justifiable problems, do not be afraid to press for referrals to specialists where problems continue without adequate answers or treatment. Maintain your daily diary records with copies to us at appropriate intervals. Normally, communication with our offices should be about every three months. If there is any sudden change for the better or for the worse notify our office immediately.

Summary

  1. Communicate honestly and openly with your doctor about:
    • Complaints
    • Past records
    • Ongoing records
    • Your treatment
  2. Make sure that accurate records are kept both by you and the doctor.
  3. Follow your doctor’s advice and co-operate with treatment.
  4. As you have a duty to mitigate, seek out answers, ask questions and request specialist help if necessary.
  5. Remember, you are an important person and you should not be side tracked from getting the best of medical treatments to help you get well and the best medical assessment – to help us adequately assess your loss. You must be your own best friend to help us help you.