After you've been hurt in an accident, you expect your family doctor to help you, but you might be in for a rude awakening.
Many people think that they're doing the right thing by avoiding a trip to the ER (if they can help it) and waiting instead to see their primary care physician. Sadly, there are doctors who don't accept car accident injuries. Yes, you heard me. There are doctors who refuse to see patients simply because they were hurt in an auto accident.
If your doctor won't see you after an accident, here's what you need to know.
Why Won't My Doctor See Me?
There are multiple reasons a doctor might refuse a patient after an auto accident.
Sometimes, the doctor has instated a "rule" that they don't take auto accident cases. Usually it's because of the additional paperwork, billing, phone calls, etc. that come along with auto wreck cases. This is unfair, yes, but (aside from the ER) doctors have no legal obligation to treat anyone. They can deny whoever they want.
Other times, it's a billing issue. If you've been hurt in an accident that was someone else's fault, it means there are multiple insurance companies involved, multiple parties, a potentially pending lawsuit, and so on. In a nutshell, doctors worry that they won't get paid.
A doctor might tell you that they need a letter from one of the auto insurance companies stating that they will, with certainty, cover your medical expenses. Of course, lawsuits take time. You're hurt and you need help now - you shouldn't have to wait for your case to settle to get the treatment you need.
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How a Lawyer Can Help
If your doctor won't see you and you don't know where else to go, it's time to talk to your lawyer. A good, reputable lawyer with experience in the community will be able to set you up with great doctors who do see victims after auto accident cases. How? Attorneys are able to offer doctors something that you can't offer them yourself - a guarantee that they'll get paid.
Lawyers use something called a letter of protection to create an agreement between doctor, lawyer and patient. You can learn more about letters of protection here:
Do You Need a Dallas-Fort Worth Doctor Who Accepts Car Accident Cases?
We can help. Give us a call at the Anderson Law Firm at 817-294-1900 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.