I have been seeing a chiropractor that my Attorney has refered but dont think I am happy with the treatment and the location. Can I change Dr. in the middle of the case or will it affect my case and how will the billing go?
There is no reason why you shouldn't be allowed to change chiropractors--especially if you don't think that you are getting the best treatment you could be receiving under the circumstances. And, it really shouldn't affect your case. But, as for the billing, it is very likely that your current chiropractor is working on a lien basis (both you and your attorney would have signed the lien document), which means that, once you get your settlement or are awarded a judgment, the chiropractor will have a right to collect based on the treatments that he provided you.
Of course you can change chiropractors. The important thing is that your injuries get treated properly. The second thing is your case. You should tell you attorney however wht you intend to do. Also, I would recommend you continue your treatment with a medical doctor and physical therapy instead of a chiropractor. Good luck!
Generally chiropractic treatment is OK in soft tissue injury cases. Changing chiropractor or treating doctor must be done with caution. If you have an attorney you should sit and discuss this matter since the treatment, reasonableness and necessity will be an issue if the case goes to trial. Second, certain chiropractors may have a reputation with insurance companies and this must be done with caution. Finally if you are not receiving benefits from treatment you should evaluate if the treatment is within their scope or need to be evaluated with an orthopedic or pain management doctor. If you have a lawyer who knows what he is doing he should be able to address these issues. Good Luck.
Yes, you can change no problem. Your health should come first, the case second. Talk to your attorney about making the switch but it should not affect your case at all. However, if you are using your medical insurance to pay the bills, ensure that the new chiropractor is covered, if that is important to you.
There is no issue about changing Chiropractors at any time if you are unhappy with your treatment progress. You need to find a Chiropractor who will help you to achieve maximum improvement in your health. I would also suggest contacting a local personal injury attorney in your area to help you with your case if you do not yet have one. Good luck.
These are issues that you should discuss with your attorney. The billing issue will depend on several variables. For example, is your health insurance paying for the care, is it on a lien or are you paying cash out of pocket?
In general, switching treating doctors is not going to impact your case.
You should receive the best treatment possible for your injuries. Generally speaking, switching chiropractors shouldn't have any affect on your case. Just be aware that the previous chiropractor will have a lien on your settlement for any outstanding bills that have accrued, which should be negotiated by your attorney.
The topic of whether a plaintiff's lawyer should steer the plaintiff to a specific doctor is one on which I could talk for quite some time... and probably get a few nasty responses to boot... but don't worry, I'll try (key word being "try") to keep this post short and sweet.
At my firm, I work with what I have... if a client already has a treating physician, has insurance, and likes the care he or she is getting, I stick with it. I don't send the client to "my buddy" to add body parts (psyche, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, etc.) get unnecessary diagnostics, therapy through acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation ad nauseum, and such to pump up the medicals. I use courtroom experienced experts to opine as to causation and extent of damages and future care needs. That said, if my client is unhappy with the treating physician or is not getting better, I may suggest treaters based on two decades and counting of medical practice in Southern California to find my client a doctor who will do his or her best to make my client better.
All of the above aside, a client should discuss changing doctors with his or her attorney before doing so as there may be factors at play of which the client is not aware.
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Generaly speaking there is no problem with changing medical providers. But beware, that any good defense lawyer is going to ask why you changed providers. Under California law you are only entitled to recover your medical costs/bills if they were reasonable and necessary and if you let the defense know that there was no medical benefit from this chiro then they may argue that the treatement you recieved was not reasonable and necessary. Also, make sure that the two chiropractors do not contradict each other. I think the safer route is to get referred to an orthopedic specialist and then perhaps physical therapy. Good luck.
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