What is a Gap or Delay in treatment?
A gap in treatment or delay in medical care is the time that it takes you to do follow up appointments after you have been injured in a car accident. It basically means waiting to long to go see a doctor after you have been hurt. If you wait a month to go see a doctor after you have been injured in a car accident, you will have what is known as a gap or delay in treatment or medical care.
Why you may have one
Let’s say you have been injured in a car accident. You go to the emergency room, they prescribe you some painkillers and muscle relaxers and send you home. However, you take these drugs until they run out, but you are still in pain. Then make an appointment to see you pc but he can’t get you in for another two weeks. Four weeks have already passed since your last day of medical care. This would be a gap or delay in treatment. Insurance companies and lawyers don’t like to see a gap or delay in medical care or delay in treatment. It is said, you need to seek medical care within 72 hours of a car accident injury.
What can you do if you have a gap in medical care?
You can’t really do anything about a gap or delay in treatment. You need to make sure you get to an accident doctor asap. One way a doctor can help with a gap or delay in treatment is to note why you have a gap or delay in medical care. If you took painkillers and muscle relaxers for two or three weeks and then went to your accident doctor, he should be able to note that you were taking these drugs in hopes of getting better. When the drugs ran out and was not working, you went to see a accident doctor.
I never went to the emergency room
You don’t have to go to the emergency room after a car accident. Some injury patients pain is delayed onset. They may not feel pain until a few days after the car accident. In some cases this is perfectly normal. You need to make sure you get to an accident doctor as quickly as you can if you are feeling pain or discomfort. Not going to the emergency room after an accident should not diminish your claim, but never going to see a doctor will. See a doctor immediately following your car wreck.
It would be wise to avoid it altogether
It would be better or in your best interest to get to a doctor immediately following your car crash. A doctor can administer therapy immediately and possibly get you back on your feet faster than if you would have waited. Its best not to wait, get to a doctor after you have been injured immediately. Don’t have a gap or delay in your medical care or treatment.