Immediately after a serious car accident, the injured person might receive some treatment. For example, they may get treatment at the scene of the accident or they might be taken to a hospital for treatment. They're treated by certain doctors at the emergency room, anesthesiologists, radiologists, etc. In some cases, the injured party is sent to an imaging center for an MRI or CT scan. All the activity that follows an accident is important and you should tell your attorney about it. In most cases, you want to make every effort to obtain your medical records AND billing from all the facilities and health care providers as soon as possible.
After that the client might find that they require further treatment. At this point, they would discuss their options with a lawyer to find out how they might want to proceed. Should they proceed on a lien? Should they go through their primary doctors? Should they go through their HMO, etc? A lien is where the doctors provide treatment to the client and defer payment - they will get paid at the end of the case when there is a recovery. The client, in most cases, is still on the hook for the balance, but at least they don't have to pay the doctor as they go along. And those options will be discussed with the lawyer.
The most important thing to do is to make sure you get the proper medical treatment after a serious car accident. Make sure you are proactive. Also, keep track of all your medical providers from Day One and make sure you get all your records and billing from each provider.
If you need help with your Santa Clarita car accident case, call (661) 414-7100 for a free evaluation of your personal injury case.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia,