Red Flags in Medical Treatment

It is the job of the insurance adjuster assigned to your motorcycle injury case to question anything that seems out of the ordinary. Even something as seemingly trivial and subjective as the adjuster not feeling right about the facts of your medical treatment can harm your case. An adjuster will scrutinize anything that seems off given all the facts and circumstances as presented, as well the adjuster’s personal judgment, experience, and training. If an adjuster becomes suspicious about your case, your First Coast motorcycle accident lawyer may have a harder time getting a fair settlement. Some of the “red flags” in medical treatment that may hurt your case include:
  • Medical bills that are too high to match the injury that is being claimed.
  • Any treatments or pre-existing conditions related to the same part of the body where the injury is being claimed.
  • Subjective claims of disability and chronic pain, without much in the way of objective medical findings. This can be a factor in cases involving soft-tissue injuries.
  • Getting too much or too little treatment to match your injury.
  • Treatment that does not yield improvement or result in fewer visits over time.
  • Inconsistency between your list of medical expenses and the medical reports related to the same condition.
  • Treatment by a chiropractor, as opposed to another type of medical professional. Adjusters will scrutinize chiropractor bills more carefully than they would those of an orthopedic surgeon, for example, or a neurosurgeon.
  • Perceived collaboration between your doctor and your First Coast motorcycle accident lawyer. If a medical and a legal professional refer many patients and clients to each other, the doctor’s records, opinions, and bills will be more carefully examined.
For an insurance claims adjuster, the bottom line is the most important part of the case. Ensuring that the interests of the insurance company are protected is his or her job. Getting legal help means having someone on your side to fight for the settlement that you deserve. Contact First Coast motorcycle injury lawyer John Fagan for help with your case.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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