Do You Have to See the Doctor Your Lawyer Gets or Can You Get Your Own?

Why do some personal injury lawyers want you to see their doctor? Some personal injury lawyers won’t even take your accident case if you don’t see their doctor and it’s often a medical clinic.

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Why? Most likely, it’s because your lawyer gets reports from that doctor that are good for your case. It could be that the doctor knows how to write a report in a manner that’s good for your case or that the doctor is willing to exaggerate injuries.

If you were approached by someone who says he is from the lawyer’s office and tells you which doctor to see, and may even offer you money, he could be an illegal “runner”. A runner will sell your case to a personal injury lawyer and a doctor. If that’s what happened to you, then that’s why you have to see that doctor.

Do I Have to See the Doctor or Chiropractor My Lawyer Wants Me to See or Can I See My Own Doctor?

No. If your personal injury lawyer insists that you see their doctor, it’s time to change to another personal injury lawyer. You should see a doctor who you are comfortable with.

A note about chiropractors: We sometimes have a client who prefers to see a chiropractor because they feel better after treatment and don’t get pain relief from an orthopedic surgeon. We have no objection to simultaneous treatment with both a chiropractor and an orthopedic surgeon but we need an orthopedic surgeon for your case.

If your lawyer sent you to a medical clinic, you probably won’t be comfortable with that. We represented several clients who called us after they were sent to a medical clinic by their lawyer.

Nyda Morales is one of our clients who was sent to a medical clinic by a lawyer in The Bronx. She was not happy with the medical clinic and the lawyer didn’t even take her case. We took her case and then she went to a top surgeon.

Listen To Nyda Morales, a Former Client and Now a Friend


Is It Ok to Ask My Lawyer for the Name of a Doctor?

Yes. Our clients often don’t know what type of doctor to see or who to see. We know some of the best doctors who specialize in treating various types of injuries.

We even know a specialist in plastic eyelid surgery! We had a client who had an injury to his eyelid and his plastic surgeon told him he needed a plastic eyelid surgeon but he didn’t know of any. We did!

What If I Can’t Afford to Pay a Doctor

If you were injured in a car accident, you are automatically covered by No-Fault medical insurance. If you were injured in any other type of accident, there are many ways your medical bills can be covered.

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Mr. Franckel is a personal injury lawyer, since 1989. He is a Founding Partner of 1-800-HURT-911® New York and a former Member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He has a 10 Top Avvo Rating, Avvo Client’s Choice Award with all 5-star reviews, Avvo Top Contributor Award, and Multi-Million Dollar Trial Lawyers Award. See Mr. Franckel’s bio.

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