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Why Procrastinating Your Doctor’s Visit May Impact Your Ability to Collect

Posted by James Paisley | Jan 05, 2021

I get it – going to the doctor's office is a pain in the ass. You've got work, kids, responsibilities, and a life to live. It is so common among injury victims to resist or procrastinate scheduling and attending the appointment they know they need. Some may figure that they're just a little sore and they'll feel better in a few days and sometimes that's the case, but sometimes it's not. Sometimes, the pain is real and it's not going anywhere without proper treatment.

There are two main reasons why procrastinating your doctor visit may negatively impact your case:

  1. When you make an injury claim, insurance company algorithms significantly devalue a case if there's more than a two-week gap in treatment. With that said, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a degree of exception right now.
  2. It becomes harder to establish causation of injuries if you wait too long after an accident. The more time that passes without seeing a doctor, the more likely it becomes that something else could have potentially caused the injury.

Bottom line, if you're in an accident and feel hurt – see a doctor ASAP. In the end, it makes your case much easier to resolve and settle.

About the Author

James Paisley

Firm Founder + Senior Partner Born and raised in Georgia, Attorney James earned an undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech, graduating with high honors. Afterwards, he went on to study law at Florida State University, where he also graduated near the top of his class. James began his legal career i...

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