Getting treated as soon as you can will make you feel better, will get your settlement earlier, and could easily get you more money than if you delay.
No doctor has ever told me this directly, but I am convinced that going to the doctor and getting the treatment you need will make it more likely that a temporary injury won’t turn into a permanent one. It’s common sense.
I see a lot of people who delay treatment – maybe they have more important things to do, like jobs or taking care of the kids.
But delaying too long can create a treatment “gap”. Jurors – and equally important, insurance adjusters – often say “If he’s hurt that bad, why didn’t he get the treatment sooner, instead of waiting?”
Another thing: It’s almost always a mistake to settle your case before your treatment for accident injuries is complete. So the longer you treat, the more time it takes to settle the case.
So if you have a series of treatments, each separated from the one before by a period the other side will question, you run the risk of being unable to settle your case before the statute of limitations (In Ohio, you have to file suit or settle your case within 2 years from the date of the accident, or you can’t recover your money.).
Which means you have to sue. Which means the insurance company gets a lawyer. And the insurance lawyer wants to learn everything about the case, so he can do a great job for his client and – sometimes – bill a lot of money to the insurance company.
Which means anywhere from another year to a year and a half after filing the suit before your case settles.
Most of my clients have things to do they consider more important than going to the doctor if they think they can “get by” without seeking medical treatment.
But getting treated early is the best way to get the lawsuit out of your life, to get the most money, and feel better too!
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. Every lawsuit has its own timetable – but all my clients want their lawsuit to be over. And so do I. If you’ve been injured in an accident, talk with an experienced Cincinnati Injury Attorney about the case. Call me, William Strubbe, at 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.