The one way to make sure is to ask your doctor.
A lot of the time, the insurance company – or the trucking company – makes an offer. And the number looks good – but you don’t know what your medical expenses in the future are going to be, so you don’t know whether the offer is enough.
Most doctors, of course, cannot tell you whether a settlement is a good one. They are doctors, not lawyers.
But what they can tell you is how serious your injury is. They can tell you what surgeries or procedures or medications you will need, and how much those procedures will cost.
If they cannot do this, they may be able to refer you to someone who can.
I had a client who was injured in a truck accident. He had a back injury.
The insurance company for the other side made an offer I thought was good, but we didn’t know whether it would be enough to pay for his future medical bills. So I wrote the doctor a letter, and asked for an appointment.
Sometimes the question is better coming from your lawyer than from you. Good injury lawyers sit down with doctors all the time to ask questions about victims.
The doctor charges for his time – but that’s only right. No one works for free. More important, it’s always worth it.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. I often ask doctors whether my client will get better, and what her future treatment will cost. If you don’t know how to ask your doctor these questions, call me, a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer, a call. My phone is 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.