Finding the Right Doctor After Your Car AccidentTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. February 01, 2019
Car accidents can be frightening and stressful. They can also result in serious and painful injuries. It is important to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible after an accident, even if your injuries appear to be minor. Since a car accident is a unique circumstance, it is important to find the right doctor to examine and treat you.
Emergency Room/Urgent Care
If you have been severely injured in a car accident, chances are that you will be transported by ambulance to an emergency room. When you are taken to the emergency room or go to an urgent care facility after an accident, you typically don’t have the opportunity to choose your physician. When you are released, however, you will be advised to seek follow-up treatment with another physician.
Do not Rely Solely on Your Primary Care Physician
Primary care physicians are usually accustomed to treating illnesses and are not equipped to handle things such as spinal injuries, concussions, and fractures. Your primary care physician may refuse to see you for your car accident injury if they are not equipped to bill PIP (car insurance). If you do contact your primary care physician, they may be able to refer you to a specialist who is better prepared to handle your injury.
Find a Doctor who Specializes in Car Accidents
Car accident injuries can be complicated so, if possible, you should try to find a doctor who specializes in this type of treatment. Car accident doctors will know how to properly document your injuries and will be sure to take photographs and statements when necessary. A car accident doctor will also understand the proper forms and rules involved with billing car insurance for your treatment.
Find a Doctor You Feel Comfortable With
Open and honest communication with your doctor is essential, especially when you are dealing with the long-term effects of a car accident injury. Make sure you find a doctor that listens to you and that you feel you can talk to openly. Always be honest with your doctor about your medical history and your recovery. If you feel like your doctor is not taking the time to explain things to you or answer your questions, it may be time to find a new doctor.
Contact a Trusted Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. The trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are here to help. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 to schedule your free consultation today.