If you are admitted to the hospital, make sure that you have someone with you at all times. All times means twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Generally, patients admitted through the emergency room are assigned to a doctor known as a hospitalist. You will likely have no choice in that doctor, nor a choice in who performs all diagnostic exams and surgery on you.
It is important to document the names and positions of all who care for you. This often requires the help of others.
An emergent admission does not guarantee that all who treat you will communicate with each other. Nor does it guarantee that the nurses treating you will read the doctor’s orders and notes about you. This is an unfortunate lesson Dan has learned in representing injured people in many medical malpractice cases.
Health care providers have harmed people due to the lack of communication for persons admitted as a result of emergencies.
If you are admitted to the hospital, make sure that the persons who stay with you document your harms and losses. Use all photographic means available. Make sure your evidence is backed up, in case the documenting device is lost.
A diary should be kept of your stay to relay the harms and losses suffered while in the hospital. This can be in handwriting or kept on any digital device. It should also be backed up as soon as possible.
Oftentimes it is difficult to find a health care provider who will treat you after a crash or injury. Many family doctors shy away from this. Either they are not comfortable with who to bill or what they are paid. Others just do not want to be involved in answering opinions about your injuries from your crash.
Your family doctor may not have anyone who they will refer you to. If this happens, do not be discouraged.
Our legal team has developed a list of trained and skilled physicians, based on over thirty-five years of experience, who can help you recover from the harms and losses of your injuries. Our team has established a working relationship with the folks who help coordinate billing and are practiced in the nuances of who to bill—even if they have to bill more than one insurance company.
Sometimes those offices will require you to sign a lien on your recovery. This helps make sure they are paid in the event insurance limits are not adequate to cover all the expenses. We work to protect your credit from those bills.
It is vital to our representation of you that we know your complete medical history. It is equally important that we follow all of your care from your accident very closely.
Please remember that this is a very complicated process.
Some health care providers, and even some provisions of your automobile insurance, require you to pay them back before you are entitled to any recovery from the person who injured you. Our team continually monitors these requests, stays abreast of the complexity of the law as much as possible, and successfully resolves these issues routinely.
This is an extremely complex and quirky area of the law that changes constantly. This requires constant diligence to protect you and your family. One of the staff members at Dan’s office has the title of “Lien Queen.” She enjoys the challenges of this very difficult and tedious work.