Step 5: Completion of Medical Treatment
Q: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE MEDICAL TREATMENT AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT BEFORE SETTLING?
A. Often times attorneys will let you complete all the medical treatment that you need before submitting a claim for your personal injury damages. This allows you time to heal and to know what your true injuries and damages are.
Q: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO SEEK TREATMENT AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT BEFORE I NEED TO SETTLE OR FILE SUIT?
A. There is a two-year statute of limitations in Ohio to settle your claim or file a lawsuit against the person who injured you.
Q: WHEN SHOULD I SETTLE MY CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM?
A. Ask yourself the following questions: Have I completed all the medical treatment I need to feel better? Do I have any further appointments for medical treatment or testing coming up? Have I followed through with all referrals for treatment?
If I settled now, would I fear that there are other items or injuries I will not be compensated for? Have I put off any treatment? At some point, you will complete your treatment and feel better. Or, you may find that you have gotten better, but perhaps, not all the way better. At the point you complete treatment, the attorney will start making arrangements to submit a demand to the insurance adjuster. There is a two-year statute of limitations in Ohio to settle your claim or file a lawsuit against the person who injured you.