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.

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