To some people, the idea of a personal injury lawyer finding a doctor for their client seems sleazy at best and unethical at worst. They argue that if a client was really injured, they would be able to find a good doctor on their own. Experienced personal injury attorneys realize that this is not always the case, as the following example bears out.
A young boy is in an automobile accident and cuts up his face. His father rushes him to the emergency room, and the emergency room doctor gives him stitches. Time passes by and the stitches are removed, but there is still a huge gash that is not healing properly. The father speaks to a personal injury attorney to see if he has a case against the doctor and against the person who caused the accident. The personal injury attorney will then send the father and his son to a cosmetic surgeon who the attorney has used in the past. The surgeon will be able to tell the attorney if the scar will be permanent, if plastic surgery will be needed to remove the scar, what the expenses associated with plastic surgery will be, and how the boy will look once the plastic surgery procedure is complete.
Since the physician works with the attorney, the father and son do not need to pay out-of-pocket expenses to the physician. Some may argue that the physician will be inclined to skew his report to favor the attorney. To be honest, the answer is maybe. But remember, once the case is brought to court, the insurance company is going to have the boy examined by their doctors, and it is likely that their doctors are going to skew the report to favor the insurance company.
Without the help of an attorney, this boy and his father might not have had the resources needed to visit a plastic surgeon and have this evaluation done.
In most cases, the physician found by a personal injury attorney and the physician found by an insurance company are going to have results that are fairly similar. These results will be used as a basis for settlement. However, there are cases where the physician found by the attorney and the physician for the insurance company have drastically different results, and in these situations, the case will go to trial.
If the defense attorney pays for the procedure that a patient receives, the patient will be required to divulge information if they are asked about it while in court.
To learn more contact personal injury attorney Bryan Caulfield.