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Why Getting Medical Treatment is Important
Seeking medical treatment after your car accident is one of the most important parts of your case. You never want big gaps in treatment because insurance adjusters will try to use this to either deny or lowball your claim. Below, we are going to go over the importance of seeking medical treatment and completing medical treatment is to your case. Remember, even if you think that your injuries are minor at first, go to a doctor. Every car accident attorney in our office will tell you how it can only benefit your case. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our office to discuss your case. Consultations are free!
Car Accident Attorney | When to Seek Treatment
We often get the question, “When should I seek medical treatment?” And our answer is always, “right away!” Even if you think that your injuries are minor, you always want to get checked by a medical professional right away. The reason being, serious symptoms can oftentimes take days to manifest. Therefore, if you do not seek treatment right away, insurance adjusters will take this as a sign that you are not serious about your injuries.
Why Seeking Treatment is Important
Seeking medical treatment is not only important to your car accident claim, it is also important for your overall wellbeing. Suffering from injuries due to an accident can have a debilitating affect on your physical and mental wellbeing. You want to make sure that there are no underlying physical issues from your accident. For instance, whiplash is a serious injury. Even if you are not showing signs of whiplash right after the accident, you can show signs days later. That is why you want to seek medical treatment. Have a doctor take x-rays to make sure you are not silently injured. Being on top of your health after an accident is incredibly important.
What Medical Professionals to See
As car accident attorneys, we usually suggest that you get evaluated by your primary care physician. Even if you were taken in an ambulance to the emergency room. Make sure you see your primary doctor. This is important because they are already familiar with your chart and they will be able to direct you in the right direction.
Working in Orange County, we have wonderful relationships with local chiropractors that we refer our clients to. Believe it or not, chiropractic care is crucial to healing. A chiropractor will be able to manipulate your spine back to where it belongs and is actually good for overall health.
The Impact of Treatment on Your Claim
Seeking treatment after your accident has a great impact on your accident claim. The sooner you seek treatment and the more consistent and serious you are about your treatment, the better your settlement will be. You want to be vigilant when it comes to your treatment. The more you focus on getting better, the harder it will be for the insurance adjusters to deny your claim.
As you car accident attorney, we will gather all of your medical bills at the end of treatment. This will help give us an idea of just how much you need in order to be compensated for your injuries. You should never have to suffer and you should never have to deal with insurance adjusters on your own.
What Insurance Adjusters do
We know that most people believe that the insurance companies are on their side. This can not be farther from the truth. Insurance adjusters are out to save the insurance company money. Even if that means denying your claim or lowballing your settlement. However, having a car accident attorney in our office representing you, you will never have to worry about insurance adjusters. We will handle them for you.
Every attorney in our office has experience dealing with the bullying tactics of insurance adjusters and we never back down. We believe that your overall wellbeing is of the utmost importance. That being said, we will never settle your case for an amount that is not deemed appropriate for your injuries. We believe that you are owed what is due to you. And though no amount of money will be able to fix everything, it will help you and your family sleep easier knowing that your medical bills and overall damages are taken care of.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case. Consultations with a car accident attorney in our office are free!
Where Can I Find a Doctor to Treat Me?
A lot of our clients as us: Where can I find a doctor who will treat me? Most of the time, after an accident, people will go and see their primary care physician. Though it is always a good idea to be seen by a doctor, you will oftentimes find that your primary care physician will not treat you for the injuries from a car accident.
Why Your Primary Care Physician May Not Treat You
Some primary care physicians will see you and treat you for your injuries, but they will expect and require you to pay for your medical bills upfront. This is because they do their third-party billing to medical insurance companies and not through the auto insurance companies. Your primary care physician also won’t bill on medical or attorney liens. These liens are documents that state that the doctor will be paid for their services when your personal injury case settles. Many primary care physicians won’t see you on these liens because it means they will have to wait longer for their payment. An “average” soft tissue injury case settles within 6-9 months, depending on litigation, and the doctor will be paid from the health insurance providers within 90 days of settling. So instead, they require payment upfront.
Though most primary care physicians have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to soft tissue, they generally do not treat patients who have suffered from soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the ligaments, muscles, and tendons in your neck, back, and other parts of your body. Being in a car accident usually forces doctors outside of their normal range, which would turn into the following:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Tingling sensations running through the arms, fingers, legs, etc.
- Muscle weakness
These types of injuries need special care and documentation and not all physicians have the ability to treat these injuries. For example, these injuries do not typically show up on x-rays.
Other reasons your family doctor may refuse to see or treat you is due to litigation. Sometimes you cannot reach a settlement agreement through mediation and the case goes to trial.
What to do Next
We know it can be stressful that your primary care physician will not treat you for your injuries. Rest assured, there are physicians who specialize in treating those who have been injured in car accidents. Seeing a specialist for your injuries after an accident is very important and this is for the following reasons:
- They will get a detailed history of what happened to you in the accident
- Detailed history of any pre-existing injuries or conditions you may have
- List numerous types of medical test they performed such as range of motion, nerve compression tests, etc.
- If they ordered specialized MRI’s, X-RAYS, digital motion X-RAYS, etc.
- Prescriptions to physical therapy, occupational therapy, vocational rehab, etc.
- If they sent you to other specialists who may evaluate you for surgery or pain management
- Key information about what caused your injuries, such as the car cash and if it aggravated your pre-existing conditions
- They explain whether your injuries are “permanent” or not, if you will have them from the rest of your life or not
- What your future medical needs will be
- What effect your injuries will have on your ability to work, live life, or perform necessary daily activities.
Where Can I Find a Doctor Who Will Treat Me?
You will want to find a doctor that specializes in the type of injury you sustained. You will need to do a little research on doctors who understand the importance of documenting the causes and long term effects your injuries have on you. Here are some tips:
- Avoid doctors from Legal Referral Services: this is because they usually specialize in using no-fault PIP insurance benefits more than focusing on your injuries.
- These referral services tend to have bad reputations within the insurance industry. Oftentimes if the insurance company sees these injury mills, they will offer you less money for your injuries.
- Tell every specialist and doctor you see all about your prior injuries. Hiding pre-existing injuries or conditions will not only hurt your credibility but also what you recover from your accident.
The most important thing for you to do is seek medical treatment for your injuries. And the quality of the physician you see is just as important as the quality in your recovery. If you need help finding a doctor after your car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer at Silverthorne Attorneys. We will be happy to refer you to the number of specialists we have worked with over the years.
If you are suffering from injuries due to an accident and need representation, please contact us today. Consultations are free!