When a person is seriously injured by another’s negligence or reckless act, what follows can be a miserable journey of medical procedures, treatment, and rehabilitation. Under Nevada’s personal injury laws, a negligent person or company found to be at fault for a serious injury may be held financially liable for the various economic and non-economic damages resulting from their conduct. Some of these damages include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Following medical advice can go a long way toward recovering maximum damages under the law.
Your Life and Your Health Are Worth Preserving
Your life and your health matter to you and your loved ones. It is critical to accept that you have been seriously injured and need medical intervention to recover. If a doctor prescribes treatment, medical procedures, testing, referrals to specialists, or rehabilitation, you must be prepared to follow medical advice. Taking the time to have your medical conditions thoroughly assessed and following through with this advice will ensure that: (1) you can recover to the fullest extent that is medically possible, and (2) your injuries do not worsen.
Following Medical Advice Can Maximize Your Compensation
To maximize the damages that you pursue against those responsible for your injuries, you must have a complete picture of your injuries and what it will take to recover from them. You have to see medical professionals to document your injuries, diagnose you, create a treatment plan, and follow that plan. In doing so, you are creating a coherent timeline of medical records supporting your injuries and your efforts to recover. These records can create your strongest claim possible.
Failing to Follow Medical Advice and Comparative Negligence
Failing to follow medical advice can cause short and long term harm to your physical health and ability to recover from your injuries. There are situations when it can jeopardize your life. And for purposes of a personal injury claim, it is the victim’s burden to demonstrate that the defendant’s negligence caused the victim’s injuries and caused damages. Furthermore, Nevada allows for juries to consider the “comparative negligence” attributable to each party—including the victim—that resulted in the victim’s injuries. So if a defendant can show that a plaintiff failed to seek proper medical treatment or failed to follow their treatment plan, this creates a real problem for a plaintiff seeking maximum compensation for their injuries.
Seek Personal Injury Representation from Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.
If you want tough, effective personal injury representation, contact Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. Our top-rated personal injury attorneys have a proven record of success and have obtained millions of dollars in damages for our clients. You deserve an advocate who will listen to you and will pursue maximum compensation on your behalf. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will not get paid unless we resolve your claim. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.