What Types of Doctors and Health Providers Treat Personal Injury Victims?
Strong advocacy for Arizona accident victims who have catastrophic, permanent, or severe injuries
All victims of car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, nursing home abuse, product defects, slip and falls, and any type of personal injury accident have one thing in common – they need medical help for their injuries. Most victims begin with an examination at their local emergency room or the closest trauma centers. Phoenix accident victims with catastrophic injuries and other severe injuries usually need to be admitted to a hospital where they will undergo one or more surgeries. Many accident victims require rehabilitative care. Victims usually treat with different healthcare professionals depending on the type and seriousness of the injuries.
We understand how frightened you are. It’s natural to worry – will your injuries ever heal, how long will you need treatment, and what type of recovery will you have? At Plattner Verderame, P.C., our skilled Phoenix personal injury attorneys, work with your medical team to verify your injuries, understand what medical care you will need (including care for the rest of your life), the cost of your care, and all the ways your injuries are affecting your personal and work life. When necessary, we also recommend accident victims meet with doctors in our network of physicians. We work with many different doctors in a broad range of specialties.
A quick note: We’re attorneys, not doctors. So the information we discuss here isn’t based on our backgrounds in medicine; it’s from decades of working with injury victims in Phoenix, Tempe, and throughout Arizona. Your medical treatment plan may be very different, so first and foremost, please follow your doctor’s instructions.
How can we help?
- How do you work with the doctors who treat injuries from Phoenix accidents?
- What types of immediate care doctors and health professionals treat accident victims?
- What types of hospital and outpatient care doctors treat accident victims?
- What types of rehabilitative care will I need after my Phoenix accident?
- Do you have an injury lawyer near me?
How do you work with the doctors who treat injuries from Phoenix accidents?
Our lawyers understand what injuries are common for different types of injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, burn injuries, traumatic amputation, broken bones, internal organ damage, neck and shoulder injuries, back injuries, and all other types of physical trauma.
We obtain the medical reports from each doctor who treats you. If the reports need more information, we discuss your case directly with each doctor and work with them to properly address all your medical issues. Our Phoenix injury lawyers are skilled at presenting physician testimony in court and through video depositions. We also work with your doctors to review and rebut any defenses raised by any defense doctors.
Our lawyers detail all your medical needs and expenses at every stage of your health care through the present and all your future medical needs. This review examines not just the treatments you receive but assistive devices and medications.
What types of immediate care doctors and health professionals treat accident victims?
Most accident victims are transported to a local emergency room (at a hospital) or a local burn center by an ambulance or another emergency medical transport system. These professionals should be trained at stabilizing your condition until a physician can examine you.
Emergency room doctors are trained at handling all types of injuries from accidents and other emergencies. The ER doctors will obtain an initial diagnosis through an oral examination and diagnostic tests. Based on their examination, they may recommend that you be admitted to the hospital for surgeries, observation, monitoring, and other reasons. Burn center doctors make a similar analysis though they specialize in emergency burn care.
What types of hospital and outpatient care doctors treat accident victims?
The doctors who treat vehicle accident victims, premises liability accident victims, and other types of accident victims vary depending on the type of injury you or a loved one has.
In the hospital, patients may be treated by the following types of doctors, among others.
- ER doctors
- General surgeons
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Colon and rectal surgeons
- GI doctors
- Plastic surgeons
Other doctors who may see patients in or outside of a hospital include:
- Family doctors
- GI doctors
- Infectious disease specialties
- Internal medicine doctors
- Pain management doctors
Accident victims may also see many other types of physicians both in a hospital setting and away from the hospital.
What types of rehabilitative care will I need after my Phoenix accident?
After you are released from any a hospital, you may also need to treat with one or more of the following types of rehabilitation professionals.
Some of the more common types of rehab professionals include:
- Physical therapists. Physical therapists help patients with movement, strength, balance, alignment, and other physicals. Treatments include exercise, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and TENS units, joint mobility, traction, massage, heat, ice, light therapy, and other treatments. Other treatments include resistance training, transfer training, stretching, gait training, and other forms of manual therapy.
- Occupational therapists. OTs work with people of all ages with their daily living tasks such as bathing, preparing meals, going to the bathroom, sleeping, engaging in hobbies, having sex, helping others, and work. OTs review the patient’s social, psychological, spiritual, and cognitive needs. OT care includes recommendations for assistive devices and technology, changes to the home environment, caregiver education, electrical stimulation, thermal approaches, ultrasound, exercises, mindfulness techniques, and sensory integration.
- Speech and language therapists. These professionals help with language, speech, hearing, swallowing, communication skills, and other functions. Patient tasks may include oral-motor exercises, language drills, exercises to improve chewing and tongue movement, other tasks, and alternative communication systems.
Other rehab professionals include:
- Vocational therapists
- Rehabilitation nurses
- Recreational therapists
- Speech therapists
- Many others
Accident victims may also treat with acupuncturists, massage therapists, and many other healthcare professionals.
Do you have a injury lawyer near me?
Our Phoenix injury lawyers meet clients at our Phoenix office located at 316 E Flower St. We do make alternate arrangements to meet clients away from the office when they are too injured or sick to come in. We also arrange for video conferences by appointment.
We’ll review who pays for your medical care before your case is resolved. If your own health insurance won’t pay for your care, we may be able to make arrangements with your doctors to delay seeking payment until your case settles or there is a verdict.
Talk with an experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer now
At Plattner Verderame, P.C., our Phoenix personal injury lawyers have been fighting for accident victims for 30 years. You want your health to be as strong as it can be. You deserve to have the same life (or as close as possible) as you did before the accident. Our lawyers are skilled at persuading insurance companies and juries that your injuries have made your life much different.
Please call us today or contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We have a strong record of settlements and verdicts including one for $25 million for a small child with a catastrophic injury and many results for millions of dollars.