Let’s face it. Doctors’ visits are no fun, especially in the middle of a pandemic. No one wants to go to the doctor, particularly when there’s a higher risk of catching a virus that’s still surging across the country. Even without a raging pandemic, seeing a doctor is a part of life, but especially in the event of an injury.
Timing Is Everything
If you are the victim of a personal injury due to negligence, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is not only for your physical and mental well-being but also to pursue and support a personal injury claim.
See, insurance companies like to use time against you…almost like a clock that keeps ticking. For example, the longer it takes you to go to the doctor, the less evidence you may have if you’re looking to file a claim. Insurance companies are always watching. If they notice you’re waiting or see in medical documentation that you’re not attending necessary medical appointments, they will most likely hold that against you, which will affect any potential settlement you might receive.
It is important to note: the concept of missing doctor’s appointments ONLY comes into play when gaps between medical appointments are unexplained and significant. Normally, the physician or therapist decides upon the frequency of the visits. If an injured person follows the medical professional’s advice in this regard, everything is fine and the claims process will, in most cases, not be impacted.
What Should You Do?
As busy as you are, and as much as you may not want to visit a doctor’s office right now, it’s just one of those necessary evils if you’ve suffered a personal injury. As stated above, it’s recommended you visit a medical professional, so you’re treated for your injuries–remember, your health is paramount! But if you’re looking to file a personal injury claim, it’s essential to go to your appointments in a timely fashion as well. The reason? If you require medical care due to the severity of your injuries, your DC and Maryland personal injury attorney can use that as evidence to support your legal claim.
Evidence fades over time, and that’s what the insurance companies are looking at as they build their own case. They use time as an indicator as to what they’ll offer as far as a settlement. The more time that elapses, the less the offer is going to be.
Why Timeliness Is Important for Personal Injury Claims
If you’re seeking a settlement, whether it’s through the insurance company or the legal process, it is crucial to seek and receive medical attention in a timely matter. Not just for your health, but for the sake of a potential settlement. Then you should call the personal injury attorneys with The Lapidus Law Firm at (202) 785-5111 or (301) 852-7500 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.
We’ll review your case, and if we proceed, we’ll fight hard to get you a fair and reasonable settlement. Just remember, as much as you may not want to visit a doctor, it’s essential for your well-being and for your case to do so promptly.