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Should I Stop Going to My Doctor?


Ohio attorney David Elk explains the importance of seeing your doctor and completing all medical treatment after an injury.


If you’ve already filed a lawsuit after an injury, you may be wondering if you should continue to go to your doctor. Frustrated by slow recovery, you may be thinking your treatment isn’t going to make you feel any better and shouldn’t you just stop going?

The answer is a definite no. Personal injury accident cases – whether you were injured a motor vehicle accident, tractor trailer accident or a slip and fall – are all medically driven.

What this means is that you must be able to prove to a jury the severity of the injury or harm done to you. Even if the doctors are at a point where your health will no longer improve – your condition cannot get any better – you should still continue to see a doctor as recommended.

Regular visits with a  physician helps track your progress and provides crucial evidence in a personal injury lawsuit. Your medical records will be used to help calculate damages, such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. As long as you’re still in pain, it’s vital to keep going to your doctor. Failure to see your treating physician may cause your  insurance company to assume you’ve fully recovered and could significantly devalue your case.

With your family, health and finances on the line, you’re going to want the best possible outcome in your lawsuit. Personal injury accidents can cost thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital stays, prescription drug costs, lost wages and other medical expenses. You should never do anything that would jeopardize the value of your case so that you and your family can recover from the harm you have suffered.

To learn more about personal injury law, I encourage you to watch the video above and to explore our educational website at https://www.elkandelk.com. If you have legal questions, please call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO. I welcome your call.