Richard S. Lundin
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Personal injury and family law attorney licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia
If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident, your first priority and focus should always be getting appropriate medical treatment to help you get better, while we handle the legal and financial details of the case.
Here are some key DO’s and DON'Ts to keep in mind when speaking with your health care providers after an accident to maximize your compensation:
DO be 100 percent honest with your health care provider. It is imperative that you give your doctor a completely accurate history of previous injuries or accidents you may have had. You can be sure that the insurance company will uncover any prior accidents and injuries.
DON’T mess up the details of your accident. If you tell your doctor that your car had heavy damage when it actually only had minor damage, you’re asking for trouble. Your doctor may be called to testify at trial about your injuries and will end up getting embarrassed by the insurance lawyer if you’ve confused the facts of the accident..
DON’T omit any symptom.  You should tell your doctor everything that hurts and any numbness or tingling or burning that you are feeling in your arms or legs.  It’s important for the doctor to be able to provide complete medical care to get you back to health, and it’s important in presenting your case for maximum compensation.
DON’T exaggerate your symptoms and limitations. You should tell your doctor exactly what symptoms you are experiencing and what you can and can’t do on a daily basis, but don’t exaggerate.  Overstating your injuries can sink your case if contradictory evidence (such as a Facebook post) comes to light.
DO follow the treatment plan your doctor recommends. This means following through on physical therapy, making it to all of your appointments, getting MRIs or other testing, and taking necessary medications. If you fail to do so and your recovery takes longer than expected, the insurance company may make the argument that you must not have been hurting that badly.
If you do these things, you'll go a long way in making the best possible recovery and in maximizing your compensation.
Dedicated to protecting and advancing your rights, 
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