#1 MISTAKE: Your patient settling their claim before they’re done treating from a car accident

#1 MISTAKE: Your patient settling their claim before they’re done treating from a car accident

Settling their claim before they’re done treating is the number one mistake your patient can make when it comes to their personal injury claim. Your patient having a full recovery is what’s most important. If the insurance company adjuster for the other person’s carrier tries to get your patient to settle their claim, you should advise them not to until they’re done treating.

#3 MISTAKE: Your patient not having a medical provider coordinating their care following an accident

#3 MISTAKE: Your patient not having a medical provider coordinating their care following an accident

If you have a patient who is seeing several medical providers for treatment following a car accident — so they avoid problems with their personal injury claim, they should designate one of their providers to act as the coordinator of their medical care. It’s a good idea to be proactive and talk with your patient about this to help them avoid issues of over treatment and PIP being exhausted before they’re done treating.

#4 MISTAKE: Not asking your patient enough questions about potential preexisting conditions

#4 MISTAKE: Not asking your patient enough questions about potential preexisting conditions

Not asking enough questions about potential preexisting conditions your patient may have is the fourth biggest mistake that can happen with your patient’s personal injury claim.

Talking with your patient and getting information about their preexisting injuries is critical to their care and also their claim. Coming up with varied ways to ask your patient questions will help you draw out the information you need to help them — and help you.

#5 MISTAKE: Your patient posting information about their injuries on social media

#5 MISTAKE: Your patient posting information about their injuries on social media

Your patient posting information about their car accident and injuries on their social media is the fifth biggest mistake the can make with their personal injury claim. When first meeting with a patient who has been injured in a car accident, let your patient know when you first meet with them, that they should be careful about posting on social media — this will help protect their claim.

#6 MISTAKE: Your patient’s chart notes look the same as all your other chart notes

#6 MISTAKE: Your patient’s chart notes look the same as all your other chart notes

Your patient’s chart notes that look the same as all your other chart notes in their file is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your patient’s personal injury claim. When chart noting, make sure that your notes don’t look overly similar. Think about how they’re going to viewed by someone who knows nothing about chart notes.