Seeing a Doctor for Fort Worth Car Accident Injuries

When you get into a car accident, the first thought that will likely pop into your head is, “Am I injured?”

Based on our experience in working with car accident victims in Fort Worth, and throughout Texas, we can assure you: If another driver’s negligence caused the crash, your injuries – and the treatment they require – will continue to be the primary focus for you.

Here, we examine the role that medical treatment will play in your case as you pursue compensation through an auto insurance claim or, if necessary, through a lawsuit. Of course, to discuss medical treatment and all related issues in your case, please call Tate Law Offices today or reach us online. We can provide a free consultation.

What Are Common Fort Worth Car Accident Injuries?

First, let’s review the injuries that you are most likely to suffer in an auto accident. As you can see in this list below, many of these injuries will be apparent to you right at the accident scene. However, some injuries – serious and potentially life-threatening ones – may not be so easily detected.

Common car accident injuries include:

  • Fractures – You will likely know right away if you have fractured an arm, leg, wrist or ankle or if you have suffered the fracture of facial bones. However, broken ribs are also common in auto accidents – and they may not be readily apparent.
  • Scarring and disfigurement – Some injuries can have a permanent effect on your appearance, including cuts, burns and fractures. In some cases, the medical treatment you receive can result in a permanent scar.
  • Burns – A fire, explosion or friction may cause burns that lead to permanent skin, muscle or nerve damage or result in potentially deadly infections. A burn can result in the loss of function of the affected body part.
  • Organ damage – A fractured rib may puncture an organ such as the lungs or stomach. As our attorneys have observed, spleen, liver and kidney damage also are common injuries among auto accident victims.

 

What type of doctor should I see?

If you don’t know what type of doctor to see, we can help you find the right doctor for your injuries. Most of the time car wreck victims see a doctor of orthopedic or neurology. Orthopedics is the area of medicine that deals with bone and joint injuries, including injuries to the neck, back, knee, and shoulder. Neurology is the area of medicine that deals with the nervous system. If you have a brain, spinal cord, or nerve injury, it would be good to see a neurologist.

If either of these doctors determines you need to see another doctor, he can advise you during your appointment. However, prior to seeing one of these doctors, most people go to the emergency room immediately after the wreck to get checked out to make sure they are not in imminent danger. We highly encourage an immediate trip to the emergency room after the wreck so the ER doctor can advise you of your condition.

Should I use my health insurance to pay the doctor?

Many people have health insurance, but whether to use health insurance for a car wreck is not a simple decision. Sometimes health insurance companies refuse to pay medical bills if your injury involved a car wreck because they try to claim that the negligent driver’s auto policy should pay. Also, using your health insurance can cause the auto insurance company to pay you less than they would have to if you did not use your insurance.

Additionally, if your health insurance company pays the medical bills, it will probably want to be reimbursed out of the injury settlement or verdict. Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries and how your wreck occurred, we can discuss other options with you about how to pay the doctor and if your insurance should be used.

I don’t have health insurance, how can I see a doctor and pay my medical bills?

You don’t need health insurance to get high quality medical care. If you hire us, we can send the doctors you need a letter of protection that states the doctor will be paid at the conclusion of the case. The doctor will then treat you now at no upfront cost to you. We have helped thousands of our clients this way through all aspects of their treatment including the initial appointment, MRI, therapy, and surgery if needed.

Should I see my own doctor?

If you have a primary care doctor, you can certainly see him for his opinion. However, most primary care doctors cannot diagnose a spine, brain, knee, or shoulder injury like a specialist can. Therefore, we encourage you to see a specialist. If you are already treating with a specialist and are satisfied with the care you are receiving, then we encourage you to continue with that physician. However, should you need a recommendation, we also know many specialists who can treat your injuries.

If you have further questions regarding your case, consult with us in a free case review today.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.

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