The period of time immediately following an auto accident can be extremely confusing- especially if you have been injured. You might not think it is appropriate to visit a personal injury attorney despite being in pain. You might not understand what you can do to help yourself. If you haven’t gone through this process before, it can be an overwhelming experience. Do you even know where to begin? Well, we are here to help you through this hard time by providing you with a guide on what to do if you have been injured in an auto accident.
On the Scene
You have gotten into an accident. What now? If anyone has been injured, call the police so they can report the incident. Definitely call them if there are injuries, but we encourage you to do so even if there aren’t since some insurance companies will require a police report for your claim. On top of exchanging license and insurance information with any other driver involved in the accident, be sure to collect evidence. Take photos of the point of impact, your vehicle, and any other vehicles involved while you are still on the scene. Get the names and phones numbers of any witnesses at the site of the accident. Then, be sure to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. However, if you are injured, you will want to do more. What can you do from here?
Step 1- Find the Right Attorney
While medical treatment is crucial following an accident (and you should visit a doctor immediately after you are hurt in an accident), it might be beneficial for you to get advice from an attorney first. We recommend that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident to help you potentially get the compensation you need for your medical treatment. The right personal injury attorney will be well-versed in traffic accident law, will be able to help you with your insurance claims, and can help you collect damages based on your medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and diminished quality of life.
Step 2- Figure Out the Type of Doctor You Would Need
A personal injury attorney can help you find a doctor working on a lien basis following an accident, but only if you provide specific and accurate information to pinpoint the exact type of care you need. Did you chip a tooth in the accident? You will need a dentist who works on a lien basis . Does your back hurt? Do you have whiplash? A chiropractor on a lien may suit your needs best. If things are worse, you might need an ortho, a pain management doctor, or even a surgeon on a lien.
Again, be sure to seek treatment as quickly as possible, as it could only get worse as things progress.
Step 3- Find a Reliable, Experienced Doctor Who Will Work on a Lien Basis
What many victims don’t know is that most, if not all, of this much-needed medical care can be provided to them on a LIEN BASIS. What does that mean? It means that, like your attorney, these medical professionals will not receive payment until your case settles, and that payment will come directly from the settlement itself. In other words, you will not have to pay for up-front medical expenses related to your accident. That’s why it’s so important to not only choose an attorney who’s well versed in lien work, but a doctor on lien, as well.
This is where Doctors on Liens comes in, and it’s why thousands of attorneys throughout the state rely on this invaluable service every day to find the best and most qualified doctors for their accident clients. All of our doctors are well experienced and have been carefully reviewed to ensure their professionalism and reliability. So, when you meet with your attorney, ask them if they know Doctors on Liens (they probably do) and be sure to use one of the hundreds of pre-screened and pre-qualified doctors in our network. You might even want to consult our website itself to find the right doctor near your home or office and let your attorney know when you meet with him or her. The website is completely free, will never ask for any personal information, and you’re always assured to find the best and most experienced doctors who are guaranteed to work 100% on a lien basis.
Step 4- Trust that you have chosen the correct professionals.
Once you have found the right attorney and right doctor for your situation, you can take solace in the fact that you are in good hands. Take time for yourself to heal and be sure to reach out to the professionals involved in your case if you have any questions.