Consumer Attorneys of California
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
AVVO Rating

Accidents: Need for Orthopedic Treatment

Car accidents, motorcycle collisions, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents result in a wide range of injuries. Most injured victims will seek medical treatment for injuries and symptoms that they experience immediately after an accident. These injuries typically include fractures, lacerations, and muscle tears. However, many victims do not experience symptoms until several days after an accident. These delayed symptoms may indicate a serious neck or back injury that requires examination by a physician, such as an orthopedist. These injuries often result in substantial medical bills, lost income, potential disability, and pain and suffering. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Some of the most common injuries from an accident are fractures of the wrist, ankle, clavicle, and face; meniscus tears; spinal cord injuries; and a separated shoulder. These injuries are typically treated by orthopedists or orthopedic surgeons. These physicians specialize in treating injuries to the body’s musculoskeletal system, which includes the body’s bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, tendons, cartilage, and other connective tissue.

Injured victims naturally have questions regarding whether they should seek orthopedic treatment for their injuries. The blunt force of a collision can cause significant injuries, including injuries whose symptoms do not manifest until days after the accident or fall. Regardless of the severity of the accident, you should seek medical treatment following the accident or fall. Any delays in diagnosing and treating your injuries can worsen your medical condition. Therefore, if you are injured in an accident, you should request a referral to an orthopedist. This referral can not only result in a proper diagnosis, but may also improve your recovery time.

Prompt medical treatment is crucial to recovering compensation for your injuries. An orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon can help establish the accident or fall caused your injuries. If there is a delay between the accident or fall and your medical treatment, the insurance company will argue that your injury was caused by an incident that occurred after your accident or fall, and therefore, it is not responsible for paying for your injuries and damages. Additionally, it is vitally important that you adhere to your doctor’s treatment plan and recommendations. If you fail to do so, the insurance company will argue that your own actions prolonged your recovery time or even worsened your condition. Your experienced personal injury attorney will reiterate the importance of consistent and prompt medical treatment.

Injured victims often are concerned regarding their ability to pay for medical treatment. Your costs of treatment from an orthopedic specialist is generally covered by your health insurance policy. If you do not have health insurance, some physicians will agree to place a lien on your future recovery of compensation to satisfy your treatment costs. In this scenario, if you receive a settlement or a jury award, you will be compensated for your medical expenses, which would include any treatment from an orthopedic specialist. This compensation may also cover the cost of any necessary future medical treatment.

California also compensates injured victims for their lost wages, loss of earning capacity, scarring and disfigurement, and pain and suffering. The value of your claim generally depends on several factors, including the severity of the accident or fall and the nature and severity of your injuries. In order to maximize your compensation for your injuries, you should hire an experienced personal injury attorney.

Contact Us Today

Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one was involved in an accident. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to car accidents and slip and falls throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online

Disclaimer: Slatter Law Firm are lawyers, not physicians. All content is based on our experience and not on medical education. If you are experiencing any physical injury, please consult with a doctor.