The doctors that first respond to a semi-truck accident are going to be the emergency personnel on the ambulance, and the emergency room doctors. You will have little or no choice of your treating doctors until the emergency treatment is over.
The initial medical treatment is designed to stabilize the health condition of the injured, and prevent one injury from growing more complicated, or causing more harm.
One example is when the body is damaged, swelling will occur. Sometimes the swelling is significantly more than necessary, and will damage surrounding tissue around the injury unless medical treatment is given. The emergency room practices medicine designed to stabilize the patient, and makes sure the patient will not suffer any longstanding injury or complication that can be prevented.
Once the initial emergency treatment is given, and the injured person leaves the Emergency room, that is where the semi-truck accident victim is allowed to choose the type and level of care they want to receive.
Primary Care Physicians:
Most medical treatment is centered on a doctor called a primary care physician. A primary care physician is mandatory when you have an HMO health plan. If you have a PPO, it is not mandatory, but still very common.
A primary care physician is similar to the quarterback of a football team. The primary care physician knows all of the problems, complications, and extent of all injuries, and puts together a comprehensive treatment plan to address everything. The primary care physician is generally not a specialist, but knows enough about specialists to be able to get you to the right one.
The primary care physician will be able to order MRIs, CAT scans, blood work, prescribe medicine, and most importantly, refer you to specialists.
The most important aspect of getting proper treatment in the United States are getting referrals to specialists. Specialists are doctors that prefer a specific area of medicine, and focus all of their energy on excelling in that area.
Getting to specialist is difficult. You need to have your primary care physician give you a referral to a specialist. Without a referral, the chances your medical insurance will help pay for you to a see a specialist is low.
If you can pay for a medical appointment out of pocket, that is an option. However, a majority of Americans do not have the financial wherewithal to be able to afford paying for an expensive specialist doctor’s appointment.
Some examples of specialists are: Neurologists, neuropsychologists, orthopedic surgeons, chronic pain practitioners, and any other type of medical professional that has a specific area of practice.