Going back for treatment after several months?

by R
(North Carolina)

I was in accident where a kid, who just got his license, ran a stop light. His insurance company already claimed he was at fault. I have about $19k worth of hospital and doctor bills. It has been about 4 months since I have been to doctor for anything.

The last time I went for treatment, the hospital told me my nerves are pressing against my spinal cord, and that's the reason my neck always hurts and I get sick from it.

Is there any way to make the insurance pay for future doctor bills if I go back to have it checked out again? I don't think my lawyer is being upfront with me. Any information you can give would be helpful. Thanks.

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ANSWER for "Going back for treatment after several months?":

R (North Carolina):

It's our policy here at Injury Claim Coach not to interfere with the attorney-client privilege. Your interests would be best served by heeding the advice and counsel of your attorney. If you aren't satisfied with your attorney's progress, you have every right to seek the counsel of another attorney. There's nothing wrong with seeking a second opinion.

Generally speaking, insurance companies seldom agree to pay for continuing medical bills, out of pocket expenses, additional testing, etc. Insurance companies like to take such expenses into account when making a final settlement offer. That offer is meant to include enough money to cover future pain and suffering. That normally includes future medical bills.

It's always in a victim's best interests to refrain from settling their claim until they have completed their medical, chiropractic, or other treatment, or at a time when additional treatment won't immediately help in recovery.

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