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Can My Regular Doctor See Me After a Car Crash?

October 18, 2019

West Chester car accident lawyers help injured clients obtain compensation.After being involved in a car accident, it is only normal to think of your primary care physician for medical treatment. However, many physicians will not see their patients after they have been in a car accident. This is because family practitioners bill medical insurance companies and not auto insurance companies. If you or someone you know was involved in an automobile accident, you have options.

What is Third Party Billing?

Third party billing is when your primary care physician bills the auto insurance company or another third party. In many instances, your primary care physician will not see you after a car accident because of all the extra work car accident injuries bring. After being involved in a car accident your primary care physician may be bombarded with extra paperwork, phone calls, and additional billing. Primary care doctors normally will not file third party claims because they do not know how much they will be paid for the services provided to the patient.

When Will my Primary Care Physician See Me?

If you go to your primary care physician after being involved in a car accident, the only way you can be seen is if you pay up front. Most times, this means paying out of pocket for treatment for your injuries. Car accidents may cause injuries including whiplash, neck pain, back pain, tingling in the limbs, and headaches. Primary care physicians normally will not treat soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries need special documentation because these types of injuries do not show up on x-rays.

Letter of Protection

A Letter of Protection (LOP) is an agreement between you, your lawyer, and your doctor that states that your medical expenses will be paid at a future date. In circumstances where a patient has an LOP, their primary care physician may hold their bills until their case settles and agrees to be paid out of that settlement. However, having an LOP does not always guarantee that your primary care physician will see you; other than emergency room doctors, primary care physicians are not legally obligated to see you.

West Chester Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Help Injured Clients Obtain Compensation.

Filing a claim after a car accident can be a long and stressful process, but the right lawyer can help you through the process step by step. Contact a West Chester car accident lawyer at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. today. Our experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 610-565-3701. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.

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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted the operations of some businesses, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to confer with clients remotely, provide consultations to those seeking legal advice, and continue to provide the high level of legal services to our clients as we have always done. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by now also leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

So, if you need us, we are here. Are you an employer and don’t know what to do under all the new Corona-virus laws being passed in Washington? Were you injured in a car accident either before, or during, the current crisis? Call or email us. We can help. www.eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700.

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