Cases like these require a medical doctor to lead the way in determining that the full medical history is thoroughly and accurately reviewed and that defense doctors do not take advantage.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) October 15, 2011
The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, owners of AutoAccident.com, have expanded their services and staffing to include a medical doctor.
“Our law firm handles cases involving serious accidents and personal injury,” explains CEO Edward A. Smith. “In many of these cases, such as spinal cord injury, we rely on doctors and other health professionals to assess the prognosis of our clients, and to perform a thorough physical examination.”
In many cases, however, examining physicians do not have a complete history of injured clients because they do not have access to all of the client’s prior medical records.
Additionally, insurance companies often hire what they call “Independent Medical Examiners” who are really hired consultants whose objective is to damage the injured party’s case rather than to help reveal the truth. In too many cases, these biased examiners prevent innocent victims from getting fair compensation for legitimate injury claims.
So, as an experienced personal injury attorney, Smith hired an on-staff, expert doctor to make sure his firm’s clients receive a thorough review of their medical history. This thwarts a common insurance practice of distorting a victim’s past medical history in an effort to deny fair compensation.
“Cases like these require a medical doctor to lead the way in determining that the full medical history is thoroughly and accurately reviewed and that defense doctors do not take advantage,” said Smith.
Insurance companies also count on the fact that some injuries take time to manifest. They push for a settlement shortly after the accident, then refuse to pay for symptoms that show up later. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is one example. It starts as chronic pain in the extremities but can quickly lead to problems in the sympathetic nervous system, immobility of limbs and paralysis.
“What is most dangerous about RSD is that it can take months to become symptomatic after an injury that is sustained in an accident,” said Smith. “This condition can go undiagnosed and the health effects can become life-threatening.”
“Insurance companies know some injuries do not show up immediately,” Smith added. “They are eager for a victim to sign a waiver and go away. We think that is wrong and we want to help victims fight back. Our new staff physician will be a tremendous help in achieving that goal.”
For media inquires and information, call Edward A. Smith at 800-404-5400 or 916-921-6400, or reach him at 1900 Point West Way, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95815 or at http://www.autoaccident.com.
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