If you’ve suffered bodily injury as a result of a car wreck, the most important thing you can do is recover from your injury. The law mandates that you have to “mitigate damages,” meaning that you have to do all that is reasonably necessary to make a physical recovery. Your First Coast auto accident lawyer may need to present evidence of this attempted recovery in negotiations or at trial. This article explains how you can mitigate your damages stemming from an auto accident.
In order to make an effort to improve your physical condition, you should take some (or all) of the following steps immediately after getting into an auto accident:
- Make an appointment with your doctor. Make sure to keep in touch with your doctor and maintain your doctor’s appointments. If you must cancel an appointment, let your doctor know beforehand. If the doctor’s records indicate that you were a “no show” for an appointment, this can be used against you when it comes time for settlement negotiations or trial.
- Attend all prescribed physical therapy sessions. If your doctor or hospital prescribes physical therapy as a means of recovering from your injury, keep your appointments and participate in the therapy. Physical therapy may help you recover from “soft-tissue” injuries such as sprains and strains. Try not to miss any appointments, but if you must, call in advance to make a cancellation.
- Follow the doctor’s orders. If your doctor prescribes medication or therapy or limits your activities, do exactly what he tells you to do. If your doctor advises you to make changes in your lifestyle (such as resting, staying home from work, or refraining from certain activities), try to follow your doctor’s orders, even if this means you’ll suffer a financial setback due to not working. (Your First Coast auto accident lawyer will try to recover lost earnings in trial or during settlement.) If you fail to follow your doctor’s instructions, the other party will use that fact against you, either in court or during settlement negotiations.
It’s important to mitigate your damages from a car wreck by trying to make a full recovery. Let First Coast auto accident lawyer John Fagan take it from there. He will diligently research and collect the facts of your case and advocate for you in court or during settlement. Call for a free case evaluation.