Yes, you have the right to see a doctor you choose after an Illinois car accident. Your physical recovery is the most important thing to worry about after a crash, followed by your emotional recovery and your financial recovery. The right doctor can help you with all of these things.
Things to Think About When Hiring a Doctor
If you are critically injured, then you should go to the emergency room. If you are in pain or worried about potentially non-critical injuries, then you should see your primary care doctor as soon as possible. After your immediate medical needs are met, you may pick which doctors you see. As you make this critical decision, it is important to consider doctors who:
- Will take time with you and listen to your concerns
- Have experience with your type of injuries
- Understand that they might have to be involved in litigation
The right doctor for you may be one that you’ve worked with in the past or a new doctor.
Independent Medical Exams
While you have the right to be treated by a doctor of your choice, the insurance company may require you to submit to an independent medical exam. You should notify your lawyer immediately if you receive notice to attend one of these exams. Your lawyer will advise you as to whether or not you need to attend.
If you do need to attend an independent medical exam, then it is important to remember that the doctors who perform independent medical exams, or insurer’s exams, are not your treating physicians. You should talk to your lawyer and possibly your treating physician about what happened at the exam, but in most cases, you should continue to follow the medical advice of the doctors you chose and whom you trust.
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