The Insurance Company Said There is a Time Limit to See a Doctor. Is That True?

 

My brother was in a car accident in Maryland where it was the other driver's fault. How long does he have to see a doctor for his injuries?

The insurance company said there is a time limit to see a doctor. Is that true?

When someone is hurt in an accident, there is no time limit to see a doctor or get medical care.  But to recover for injuries caused by a negligent driver, the medical care and treatment must be related to the accident.  Obviously, if it was a fender bender and your brother waited 9 months to see a doctor, that doctor's visit probably wouldn't be related to the accident. 

The best advice is that if you're hurt, get checked out by a doctor to make sure the injuries are not more severe than originally thought.

Realistically, the insurance company (or a jury if your injuries are serious and your case goes to trial) will not believe you were hurt in the accident if you didn't get medical treatment in the ER or from a doctor soon after.

And if you have severe, life-changing injuries caused by a serious accident, those can require lifetime medical care and treatment. As far as the case against the other driver's insurance company is concerned, you don't have to actually get all that medical treatment before your case settles or goes to trial. 

We see that all the time in our cases usually we hire experts, life care planners and physicians, to analyze the future medical care needs and examine you so they can testify about all of the medical care and treatment you will need in the future.  So there is no time limit on the future medical care and treatment; the present value cost of the future medical care and medical expenses must be taken into account at the time of settlement or verdict. 

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