Once you settle the case, you can get addl medical treatment and tests, but you cant go back to the deft or his ins co and expect them to give you more money. Best to get all treatment and testing possible before settling the case. Get a lawyer if you dont have one already.
First of all, if you don't have a lawyer, get one and do NOT talk to the insurer. Typically people who do not get attorneys see settlements averaging 70% lower than people who get attorneys.
Not getting an MRI when recommended is foolish. First of all you may be risking harm to yourself medically. And you will lower the value of your case - the insurer will figure you didn't get it because you feel fine. And when you do get it after settlement, you're out of luck - it won't be paid for and the results won't matter legally.
Get a lawyer, and get your MRI.
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If you are injured, follow your doctor's advice. Failure to do so will be held against you by the insurance company if you file a lawsuit. Best of luck.
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You should get an MRI if your doctor feels that it is reasonable & necessary not only for your spinal health, but also to detect a herniated disc, etc., which increases the amount that your case is worth. I have as a patient just like you, have been through this process. I know what you are going through following a car accident--the pain, not getting comfortable while sitting, being fidgety, wondering am I ever going to get better, the meds, etc. I know because I have been there. I would be happy to share my strength, experience & hope with you, pain management resources and talk about your case strategy if you would like so long as you are not already represented by an attorney. You can reach me on my cell phone 24/7 at (404) 468-4689. Take care my friend & I hope you feel better. :-)
Sam Levine, Esq.
Attorney at Law
I think it's unanimous, and I agree! If your doctor is recommending an MRI, you should definitely get one. Otherwise, you won't know, or be able to document, the full extent of your injuries. Before you settle, you should do everything you can to determine that. Once you settle, you cannot go back for additional money to pay for treatments related to the accident. If you are not currently represented by an attorney and you would like to discuss the specifics of your case, please feel free to contact me at the number below. I will be happy to provide you with a free telephone consultation.
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