If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and suffered injuries, selecting the right doctor to provide medical care may not be the first thing on your mind. That said, it is a crucial decision that can significantly impact your recovery and potential legal claims. At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we know that choosing the right doctor to treat your injuries after an accident can make a great difference both for your legal rights and for your ultimate recovery.
The Doctor’s Role in Your Recovery
In Florida, we are so fortunate to have access to many exceptional medical providers. Yet, like any other profession, there are outstanding professionals and there are those that may not serve your best interests. When seeking medical care after an accident, it’s not just about finding a competent and compassionate doctor; it’s equally important to ensure that your chosen healthcare provider understands the injury law process. For more than 30 years, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers has been developing relationships with excellent healthcare providers all over the State of Florida. These relationships have helped our clients put themselves in the best position for their recovery, both in their lives and for their insurance claim.
For this reason, it is always best to consult with an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Once you consult a doctor following a car crash, the doctor will automatically become a witness in your case. Removing them as a witness simply because you don’t agree with their opinion typically isn’t an option. This highlights the importance of wisely selecting a doctor who possesses specific abilities crucial to your recovery and potential legal action. The good news is, you don’t have to make this decision all on your own. An experienced injury attorney, like the ones at Brian’s office, can assist you in making a wise choice.
Key Abilities Your Doctor Should Possess
- Proper Documentation of Injuries: Your doctor should be skilled in thoroughly documenting your injuries. Proper documentation is essential for building a strong case and ensuring that you receive appropriate compensation and a fair settlement for your injuries.
- Causally Relating Injuries to the Accident: It is crucial that your doctor can establish a clear connection between your injuries and the underlying accident. Building a causal connection between your injuries and the accident is vital in proving liability and securing the compensation you deserve.
- Availability for Legal Proceedings: In some cases, your injuries may result in legal proceedings. Your doctor should be ready and willing to attend court proceedings, depositions, and provide expert testimony if necessary.
- Handling First Party Insurance: If available, some first-party insurance providers play a significant role in covering your medical expenses after an accident. Your doctor should have a good understanding of how to navigate this process and should be willing to wait for your case to resolve, if necessary.
- Referring to Appropriate Medical Experts: In more complex cases, your doctor should have the ability to refer you to other medical professionals and specialists to ensure that you receive robust and comprehensive care for your injuries.
Beware of Insurance-Connected Doctors
Not every doctor will have your best interests at heart. Some medical providers are on the payroll of large motor vehicle and liability insurance companies. These doctors are often paid substantial sums to examine injured accident victims, and frequently, these insurance-connected physicians will downplay the severity and extent of injuries. An experienced injury attorney will have the requisite knowledge to identify doctors who might deny that your injuries are related to your accident, or who might attempt to minimize your need for treatment and special medical care. Make sure to consult with an attorney as soon as you are able, so you can avoid the pitfalls of being medically evaluated by a doctor on the insurance company’s payroll. This could have a devastating impact on your recovery and your legal claims.
The Role of an Experienced Injury Lawyer
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, our team of professionals has helped hundreds of accident victims navigate the legal system in Florida, while also selecting the most appropriate medical providers to help our clients recover from their injuries. Navigating the complexities of medical care and legal proceedings can be a daunting task. Don’t put off talking with an attorney. Making informed decisions early in your insurance claim process can be crucial to the eventual outcome of your case, and an experienced attorney will have the knowledge to guide your selection of a suitable medical provider.
In conclusion, choosing the right doctor to treat your injuries after an accident is one of the most important decisions you can make, and if you make a poor choice, it could significantly impact your recovery and legal claims. Make sure that your doctor has the necessary skills and abilities to document your injuries, establish causation, participate in legal proceedings, and make appropriate referrals to specialists, if necessary. If you have been injured in an accident, make an informed decision by seeking legal advice from an injury attorney, like the ones at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers. A free case consultation with Brian and his team can put you on the path toward recovering from your injuries and obtaining the reasonable settlement amount that you deserve.
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