A gap in treatment is a period of time when there is no documented medical treatment. For example, if you are involved in an accident and do not seek medical attention for over 30 days, there is a 30-day gap in treatment. A second type of gap can occur if you take an extended break between treatments. If you’ve been receiving consistent treatment and then stop for four months before making another appointment, this is also considered a gap in treatment.

Can a gap in treatment hurt my personal injury claim?

A gap in treatment can suggest different things. In the first example, the gap in treatment would imply that you are not severely hurt. In the second example, the gap may suggest that you have recovered and any treatment after the gap is due to another cause. Either type of gap will negatively impact your settlement.

Any gap in treatment will create doubt about the severity of your injuries or your credibility. Even if you can justify your delay in treatment, your reasons will never eliminate the doubt in the minds of those charged with making decisions about your case.

See a nurse practitioner or secondary therapist who may have more time f your doctor or therapist cannot fit you into their schedule in a timely manner. It is important to be proactive in your personal injury case. Being flexible and proactive will protect your health and your claim as you recover. Call The Law Office of Thomas Grier today to discuss the details of your case.