SHOULD I ASK MY ATTORNEY FOR A REFERRAL TO A DOCTOR?
I’m representing someone in a car accident and they want to know, “Do you have a doctor I should go see? Or what type of doctor would be best for me?” My opinion on that is that any attorney who doesn’t have medical degree after their name should not be giving medical advice. It’s not the place of a competent attorney to advise what type of medical treatment you should be receiving. I went to school for a long time to learn what I need to know to be the best accident attorney I can. And I’ve been doing this for 32 years so I have a lot of experience learning what’s the best way to advise my clients and to assist them in these car accident cases. It would be unfair and unreasonable for me to think that I have the knowledge and expertise on the medicine side of the equation to advise my client as to what type of doctor they should go see, what type of experts they should go see. The best type of course for that type of question is to meet with your family doctor, to meet with specialists you’ve met with before and explain the physical injuries you’re having and get the appropriate referral to the experts you need. That is without question the appropriate way to handle your medical care and treatment in any personal injury case.