How Missed Appointments Hurt Personal Injury Cases
Every personal injury attorney wants to get the best outcome in every case. After all, if a client has suffered an injury that was not their fault, they deserve to be fully compensated.
Unfortunately, there are ways clients can make this harder than it needs to be. A lack of experience may mean that innocent actions by injury victims can sometimes have devastating consequences.
The Treatment Gap Problem
Personal injury clients often have problems sticking to their care plan. One of the most common issues is simply failing to attend medical appointments, perhaps due to financial struggles or difficulties arranging a ride.
Every year, 3.6 million people miss medical care because of transportation barriers. In fact, transportation is the 3rd most commonly-cited barrier to accessing healthcare for older adults. And according to a Journal of the American Medical Association study, an average of 42% of appointments become no-shows.
Clearly, missed appointments can lead to serious health consequences for any individual. But for those involved in personal injury claims, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“These problems create gaps in treatment which can undermine the case,” says Dr. Survam Patel, Managing Partner of Compliant Clients. “That means clients can end up missing out on the compensation they justly deserve. So it’s important to understand the many ways treatment gaps harm claims—and what you can do to eliminate them.”
Here are just a few of the ways missed appointments can have a damaging effect on personal injury cases.
A Simple Solution
All of these issues make missed appointments a significant concern. As we have seen, they can result in clients getting less than they deserve—or even getting nothing. That’s not justice, so you need to take action to eliminate missed appointments.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. Compliant Clients offers transportation on lien to personal injury clients, eliminating gaps in treatment.
“We partner with personal injury law firms to help clients stay compliant,” says Dr. Patel. “We understand how significant missed appointments can be, so we’ve built a service that tackles the problem. As a result, individuals get the medical care they need, while legal staff get to focus on casework. And that means better outcomes for clients.”
We organize rides for clients and follow up to ensure they get to the right place at the right time. We take care of client transportation and do everything on lien. Plus, we help with pharmacy matters so clients get the right medications, too. Best of all, we’re just a phone call away. To find out more about how we can help, get in touch today.