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What Type of Doctor to See After an Injury

Posted in Personal Injury on Tuesday, December 26, 2023.

When an injury is serious enough, the first thing to do is seek emergency medical attention by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room. Medical staff will triage you and ensure that any serious injuries requiring immediate attention–such as fractures, head trauma, and open wounds–are cared for right away.

In non-emergency situations, you could go to an urgent care to have the most pressing issues–like getting stitches or a crutch to walk with–dealt with. When the accident is serious enough, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a checkup to ensure everything else is good. Our personal injury attorneys could help you determine what type of doctor to see after an injury.

Seeing a Specialist

When your injuries are more serious, you may need to see a specialist. Some common specialists and the types of injuries they deal with are:

  • Psychologists and psychiatrists for emotional trauma and mental health issues
  • Chiropractors for spinal injuries and pain management
  • Physical therapists to recover and rehabilitate after injuries
  • Neurologists for head trauma, concussions, and nerve-related injuries
  • Orthopedic surgeons for bone fractures, joint injuries, and musculoskeletal issues

Your primary care physician can make referrals to all the specialists you will need to treat your injuries. You may wish to do some research on your own and consult your own specialists for a second or third opinion.

Contacting a Lawyer

When you are considering legal action or some other avenue of recovery for your injury, then you should call an experienced attorney. In addition to helping investigate your case, the lawyer can refer you to any doctors or specialists you need to see to receive treatment and to plan for your future care.

When it comes to getting compensation for your losses, your lawyer may secure a settlement with the insurance companies rather than going to court. Our lawyers have handled settlement negotiations many times before and know what figure to fight for.

If your case does have to go to court, our legal team could fight it all the way through the appeals stage, if necessary. Part of the process will involve consulting doctors, specialists, and other experts to provide the court with an accurate accounting of the causes of the injury and the related damages.

What Damages Are Available to You After an Injury

When you have been injured and it is another’s fault, they could be liable to you for medical bills, lost wages and income, pain and suffering, and property damage. An experienced lawyer will be able to provide a full accounting of the damages based on the facts of your case.

Calculating damages is a complex process that has a large impact on what you are awarded at the end of the process. If important costs are left out and a final judgment is issued, there is no way to seek more compensation, making hiring an experienced attorney to be at your side throughout the process important. Contact our firm to learn more about your legal options after an accident.