Should I ask my lawyer for a referral to a doctor after my accident?

After an accident, should you get a referral to a doctor from your lawyer? Only if you want to devalue your case.

If a lawyer is going to refer a client to a particular doctor then the client must be advised that:

1. some judges have called a lawyer to doctor referal the kiss of death to a case

2. the lawyer has made referals to the same doctor over the years and that this might be raised as a credibility issue at trial.

My advice is clear: if your lawyer tries to steer you to certain doctors for routine accident care, do not go to that doctor.  As the client, you have the right to know about these relationships before your case is wrecked.

Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney