In America, it is sadly not uncommon for someone involved in a serious car accident to refuse an ambulance and never follow up with their doctor because they’re afraid of drowning in medical debt. That raises a frightening question, what if you can’t afford a doctor after a crash? The truth is, you have more options than you might realize.
Take Care of Yourself
After any crash, it’s essential that you see a doctor immediately, whether at the hospital or at your primary physician’s office. The sooner you are seen, the more likely you are to receive proper treatment and reduce the likelihood of long-term complications or latent injuries.
Likewise, it’s just as important to continue with follow-up appointments and make sure that you are healing as expected. When your health is on the line, you need to see the doctor regularly until they say you are back to health. That said, if you are worried about the cost of long-term care or if you put off follow-up appointments because you’re afraid of the cost, you should talk to your attorney immediately.
Establishing Lien Care
Your attorney may be able to help you find a doctor who agrees to “lien care.” This means they, like your attorney, agree to wait for payment until your case is resolved. That said, not all doctors accept this kind of payment plan and your attorney may need to negotiate with those who do.
If establishing lien care is the difference between getting the treatment you need and going untreated, you should consult your attorney immediately. Remember, not going to the doctor and skipping routine appointments, could damage your case and make it harder to earn the recovery you need to get back to health.
If you were hit and hurt in a car crash, we’re here to help. To schedule a free case consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer from Payne Law Firm, please don’t hesitate to call (713) 999-4801 or send us an email.