Will my injury lawyer talk to my doctor while my case is pending? Why or why not?

I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento injury lawyer since 1982 and I attempt to talk to my clients treating doctor in every case. The treating doctor typically knows his or her  patient for a period of years. Over that time, he knows the signs and symptoms normal for that particular patient, and any pre-existing medical history that the patient has been dealing with.

Many times a pre-existing medical condition can exacerbate or complicate the healing of an injury suffered in an accident. It's critical for an experienced injury lawyer to find this out.

Additionally, the clients doctor is in an excellent position to discuss how a particular injury may affect a clients future earning or vocational capacity.

Finally, by meeting ahead of time with the doctor, the attorney will be able to gauge how clearly the doctor communicates and whether he or she can clearly convey the aftereffects of an injury to a jury. If not, the attorney can try to locate a physician who is a better communicator so the clients case can be presented effectively.

It's also critical for the attorney to learn if the doctor will not meet with him or her ahead of time. A doctor who refuses to meet with a patients attorney can cause irreparable harm to a clients case. This happens frequently with Kaiser where, even though an attorney offers to pay them for their time, the doctors refuse to meet with their patients attorney.

I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento injury attorney and you can call me anytime at 916.921.6400 for free, friendly advice.

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