How Do I Obtain Personal Injury Medical Services?

How To Obtain Personal Injury Medical Services

Seeking medical attention after sustaining a personal injury from an accident is critical to your health as well as the success of your claim. However, the challenge of deciding how to obtain medical attention as an accident victim can often times be difficult. It is crucial that you speak with your attorney before giving any information to your insurance company.

If you have medical insurance:

It is imperative to go visit your primary care physician immediately. Your injuries will be diagnosed and may require X-Rays and other scans, physical therapy (if necessary) and you may possibly be referred to other specialists. Your doctor will be able to assist your healing process by:

  • Diagnosing your personal injury
  • Providing treatment and care
  • Referring you to other specialists and doctors for diagnosis and treatment
  • Documenting the injury’s severity for your claim

If you do not have medical insurance:

You can use a medical lien basis to seek medical care and receive all of the benefits as a person with health insurance. A lien basis is when the doctor agrees to provide care now and be paid later when you settle your case. If you find yourself in a situation where you do in fact have a qualifying injury claim, you should:

  • Propose a medical lien basis to a preferred physician
  • Get the physician to agree to the lien basis terms
  • Settle your case while your injuries heal
  • Fulfill your payment with the medical lien on personal injury settlements

Remember to always seek further medical treatment after a car accident or any other type of incident in which you were injured. Your health and safety come first. If you require guidance during any part of the recovery process, speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer on how to receive proper medical attention and get the compensation you deserve.

Video Transcript

Hello, my name is attorney Frank Penney and this is the Legal Minute. How do you get medical care? If you have health insurance, then see your primary care physician. Encourage your doctor to refer you out for the appropriate diagnostics. X-rays and perhaps CT scans and MRIs; and treatment such as physical therapy and perhaps chiropractic. If your injuries persist and you need specialized care, then get the appropriate referrals to specialists such as on orthopedic surgeons and pain management doctors. If you don’t have any health coverage you may be able to obtain medical care on a lien basis. This means the doctor agrees to provide care now, and gets paid later once your personal injury case settles. A competent personal injury attorney can guide you through this process and help you obtain good medical care you need.

Recent Blog Posts

  • teens in high school hallway

    Can You Sue if Your Child Suffers Personal Injury at School?

    Laws about whether or not you can file a lawsuit against a school vary from state to state. In California you certainly can, but first you must file a Notice of Claim within six months of the date of injury. School districts are government entities and as such are protected by what is known as […]

    Read More
  • uber app

    New California Drunk Driving Law Restricts Uber & Lyft Drivers

    Commencing July 1, 2018, a California DUI law will go into effect making it illegal for drivers with a blood alcohol content level of .04 percent or higher to operate a vehicle that carries a passenger for hire. “Passenger for hire” is a legal definition meaning “a passenger for whom consideration is contributed as a […]

    Read More
  • police force in riot gear

    Wrongful Death by Police: Should You Take a Settlement?

    For at least the last few years, anyone tuned into national news is aware of what seems a wave of police brutality and cases of wrongful death by police shooting working through the newspapers and courts. The Los Angeles Police Department reported that 2017 was a record year for settlement payments, at nearly $81 million (not […]

    Read More
  • Sacramento Office
  • 333 University Avenue, Suite 200
  • Sacramento, CA
  • (916) 756-0772
  • Roseville Office
  • 1544 Eureka Road, Suite 120
  • Roseville, CA
  • (916) 788-1960
  • Oakland Office
  • 1300 Clay St, Suite 600
  • Oakland, CA
  • (510) 962-4610

© 2018 Penney Law, Serving the Areas of Sacramento, Roseville, Fairfield, Modesto, Stockton & Oakland California