If you’ve been injured in an auto accident that it not your fault, you probably have questions about where to seek medical treatment and who will pay for it. If you hire a personal injury lawyer, your lawyer can help guide you through the process so that you can get the right medical treatment and not be stuck with medical bills afterward. Here is brief guide on where to get medical treatment and who will pay for it:
Go to the Hospital as soon after your auto accident as possible:
It is important to go the emergency room as soon as possible for two reasons. First, your injuries need to be treated as soon as possible to ensure that all of your injuries are known and being treated. Second, your personal injury claim is stronger if you report immediately to the hospital than if you wait for a long period of time. If you have health insurance of medicaid or medicare, the hospital will probably bill them. If you don’t have health insurance, the hospital will bill you directly. Your bill will be paid by the insurance company of the at-fault driver once your case is settled.
Follow any recommendations made by your doctor:
Your doctor will give you recommendations about any limitations you may have because of your auto accident injury. He or she may recommend not going to work. He or she may recommend seeing a specialist for your injury. It is important to follow your doctor’s advice. Promptly follow up with any specialist you are referred to.
Seeing specialists, physical therapists, or chiropractors:
If you have health insurance, it should cover your visit to a specialist. However if you do not, you will need to find a specialist who will treat you on a “their-party payment agreement”. This means that they treat you and send the bill to the insurance company of the at-fault driver. This arrangement will be a lot easier if you have a personal injury lawyer to speak to the specialist. You will be able to see the specialist without worrying about the bill, knowing that it will be paid once you have settled your auto accident claim.
Speak to an auto accident lawyer:
An auto accident lawyer will help guide you through this process so that you can focus on getting medical treatment and not worrying about bills. I have relationships with many specialists who will work with you even if you don’t have health insurance. Contact me if you’ve been in a car accident and you need help with this process.
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James Minick is a criminal defense attorney in Asheville, NC and is the owner of Minick Law, P.C.