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.
Why Do I Have to See My Lawyer’s Doctor?
Why? Sometimes it’s because your lawyer gets free reports from that doctor and the doctor is 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.
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, then that’s why you have to see that doctor.
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: 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 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 simply won’t want to be there. We represented several clients who called us after they were sent to a medical clinic by their lawyers.
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 then she went 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!
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?
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.
For instance, you may have medical insurance, you can apply for Medicaid if you qualify, we can get you a cash advance on your settlement to pay for medical insurance, or we can get the doctor to accept a lien on your case.
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