Calling An Auto Injury Doctor vs. Lawyer
If you’ve been in an accident, one that did not involve an ambulance ride to the emergency room, but one where you may have been injured, who do you call first? An Auto injury doctor or a lawyer?
There are a few things that should be considered before you make the call. If your accident results in a court case of any kind, and you are asked by the court, “Who did you call first after the accident?” Would you want your answer to be “my lawyer”? How would that look in the eyes of a judge or jury? The purpose of their entire existence is to make judgments, and those judgments will be that you weren’t genuinely injured. They’ll make the assumption that you’re faking your injuries and you are just looking to make some easy money. That’s why you should call Safecare Docs first and get checked by an Auto Injury Doctor.
You can feel confident that our auto injury doctors at SafeCare Docs will give you a complete and thorough examination following an automobile accident, and we’ll look for any “hidden” injuries that may have occurred due to the accident. Hidden injuries are ones that may not show up immediately after an accident. They are injuries like whiplash, a concussion, brain injury, or even PTSD and can lead to lengthy and expensive treatments if not caught early. After your examination, our auto injury doctor may feel that you need to see a specialist as well. We will provide you with a comprehensive plan on how to treat any injuries that you may have, a plan that may include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, injections, and we may even recommend that you seek mental therapies if you show signs of PTSD, which is common in accident victims of any kind.
By consulting a lawyer after you’ve seen one of our doctors, you will have a clear picture of your injuries and treatments to share with him and your lawyer will be able to discuss your options with more confidence and clarity.
For residents of Florida, the law states that you only have 14 days after a motor vehicle accident to see a doctor or else you will lose your insurance benefits. This refers to your initial treatment only, and you must be seen by a chiropractor, medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, EMT, hospital, walk-in clinic or a dentist. Things like physical or massage therapy would not be considered as initial treatment but they would be covered after being examined by the initial treaters accepted by the law. So if you choose not to see a doctor first, you may lose those needed benefits while you’re waiting for your lawyer to fit you into his busy schedule.
While you may feel like it’s important to cover your bases by consulting a lawyer first, the best way to ensure that you receive the help you need after an automobile accident is being seen by a doctor as quickly as possible and getting a thorough picture of your situation. At Integrative Physical Medicine, we understand that if you have been in an automobile accident, you are not only restricted by time for insurance purposes but also need to be seen as soon as possible so your treatment and relief can begin. Our professional staff will arrange for you to be evaluated by a doctor quickly.
If you’ve been in an automobile accident, call Safecare Docs, Orlando, Florida today at (407) 992.9898 and let us know how we can help.