Do I Have to Go to My Lawyer’s Doctor?

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 that’s more interested in billing insurance companies than in your medical treatment.

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Why Do I Have to See My Lawyer’s Doctor?

Sometimes, it’s because your lawyer gets free reports from doctors willing to exaggerate injuries. These doctors and medical clinics are usually in Brooklyn and the Bronx. But these doctors and medical clinics are well-known to insurance companies, and it will actually hurt your case because the insurance companies don’t believe the medical reports.

Sometimes, it’s because your lawyer or an illegal runner working with the lawyer and a doctor sends you to a doctor for fraudulent reasons.

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

I was invited to dinner by a doctor who said he could send me a lot of cases. I was suspicious because of the number of cases he wanted to send me, and I declined his generous offer. A couple of years later, he was in the news after he was arrested along with some lawyers he was working with. The cases involved real and fake injuries with fake accidents.

This is one of the doctors arrested in the insurance fraud scheme.

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Do I Have to See My Lawyer’s Doctor, and Why Can’t I Go to My Own Doctor?

You do not have to see your lawyer’s doctor. If your personal injury lawyer insists that you see their doctor, it’s time for a new lawyer. You should see a doctor who you are comfortable with. See how to change to another personal injury lawyer.

A note about chiropractors: Sometimes, clients prefer 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 because these medical clinics are overcrowded and care more about making money than treating your injury. You can usually know when you’re in one of these medical clinics because you won’t want to be there. We represented several clients who called us after their lawyers sent them to a medical clinic.

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

Listen To Nyda Morales and how she moved from The Bronx to a new house on the Hudson River with a beautiful view!


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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

Do I have to see my lawyer’s doctor if I can’t afford to pay a doctor?

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

Some other ways your medical bills can be covered:

  • You may have medical/health insurance.
  • You can apply for Medicaid if you qualify. You can even apply after your accident because Medicaid will pay retroactively for 90 days before your application.
  • We can get you a cash advance on your settlement to pay for medical insurance.
  • We can get the doctor to accept a lien on your case, which means the doctor will be paid, without interest, at the end of your case from your settlement money.

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