#9 MISTAKE: Not having a medical provider coordinating your treatment following a car accident
QUESTION: Why should I have a medical provider coordinating my treatment after a car accident?
ANSWER: Typically, if you’re seeing medical providers within different clinics, overlapping treatment can cause your limited PIP benefits to be exhausted prior to fully recovering from your car accident. This isn’t to say you should only see providers in a single clinic. Focusing on your full recovery is your number one priority, and you should be seeing the providers you feel will best support you in this goal. However, having a designated medical coordinator of your treatment will ensure your various providers are in communication and you don’t exhaust your PIP benefits before completing your treatment.
The ninth biggest mistake you can make is not having a medical provider coordinating your treatment following a car accident. This typically happens if you are seeing healthcare providers who don’t work together at the same clinic. Perhaps you’re seeing a chiropractor in one part of town, an acupuncturist at a different office, and a massage therapist at a third location. This can cause overlapping treatment and your limited amount of PIP benefits to be exhausted before you have a full recovery.
We’re not suggesting that you should only get treatment from providers who work together. You should see providers who you believe are the best for your recovery. However, if you are seeing providers at multiple clinics, you want to make sure that one of the providers is the designated coordinator of your medical treatment to ensure that your medical providers are in communication and you don’t exhaust your PIP benefits before you’ve completed your treatment.
If you’re seeing multiple providers at the same clinic, they will share information with each other to ensure you have a good recovery. They will also communicate with each other and track your visits so you can be assured that your PIP money doesn’t run out before you’ve recovered and completed your treatment.
So that you get the treatments you need before you use up your PIP benefit, your healthcare providers who are contributing to your recovery from your car accident need to be in sync and working together. This will not only help you get better as quickly as possible, but it will also help you have the best possible outcome with your personal injury claim.
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