After a car accident, it’s natural to head straight for your doctor’s office. You need an evaluation of your injuries from a healthcare professional who knows your medical history.
You might be surprised to discover you can’t even get an appointment. Instead, they say, “Sorry, we don’t deal with car accident injuries.”
Many primary care providers won’t get involved in car accident cases for various reasons described below. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, you still have options, but you’ll need the help of an experienced Indiana car accident lawyer.
4 Reasons Why Doctors Avoid Car Accident Patients
Your primary care doctor has multiple motivations for avoiding you after a car accident. Here are the four main reasons why they might refuse to see you, pass you off to another doctor, or even suggest that you just wait and see what happens.
Reason 1: You’ve Already Seen a Doctor
Your primary care physician could take the position that you already saw a doctor at the emergency room after your accident so there’s no need for them to see you now. This is an excuse that allows them to avoid the situation, but it leaves you wondering what to do next.
Reason 2: They’re Not a Specialist/Expert
Another reason your doctor might not want to see you is that they don’t feel qualified to evaluate or treat your injuries. Severe car accident injuries can involve damage to specific parts of the body a general practitioner isn’t trained to treat.
Reason 3: They Want You to Wait
If you’re in pain or you have whiplash, your doctor’s office might tell you to wait and see if your soreness eases after a few weeks. Beware of this advice! Failing to seek immediate medical treatment can not only put your health at risk but also ruin your chances of a successful legal case.
Reason 4: They Don’t Want the Risk, the Hassle, or the Billing
Car accident cases are complex and doctors sometimes don’t want to deal with the hassle of potentially testifying in a trial or insurance claim. Third-party medical billing for car accidents can be a headache for doctors’ offices, so some avoid the whole situation by creating a blanket policy that states they don’t handle car accident injuries.
Your Doctor Won’t Help? We Will!
Don’t delay medical care just because your doctor is giving you a hard time. Whatever the reason your doctor won’t see you, there’s still a pressing need for immediate medical treatment.
Emergency room doctors give patients instructions to seek follow-up care right away. If you never went to the ER, you could have an undiagnosed concussion or worsening whiplash. Plus, you might need additional treatment like wound wrapping, removal of stitches, or physical rehabilitation.
When your doctor won’t help, you can turn to a lawyer for advice about what to do next. Indiana car accident attorneys have lists of doctors who are willing to see traffic accident patients.
Plus, your lawyer can make sure all of your relevant charts and bills are gathered into a file that supports your legal case. You could secure valuable accident compensation for your existing medical bills, future treatments, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you’ve endured.
Contact Crossen Law Firm for Car Accident Claims
The Crossen Law Firm legal team has the experience to handle your car accident case in Indiana. And while we care about obtaining results for our clients, we also care about clients themselves. We want to help you secure the compensation that you’re owed if you’ve been involved in a traffic accident.
Contact us at 317-401-8626 to schedule a free consultation about your case.