Insurance Will Pay For Second Opinion in Accident Injury


Accident Injury Second Doctor Opinion
Accident Injury Second Doctor Opinion

Our lawyers are frequently asked for advice about medical treatment. Since we are not doctors, we do not give medical advice.  However, we do give legal advice, and we understand the insurance issues in our cases. One frequent question is whether you should get a second opinion. Also, of course, will insurance pay for a second opinion?

When you are injured in an accident, insurance usually pays for your medical treatment. For example, if you are injured at work, there is workers compensation. Likewise, in a car accident there is auto insurance. If you have health insurance or Medicare, they will also pay medical bills after an accident injury.

No matter who is paying your medical bills, most insurance companies will pay for a second opinion. A second opinion is in their best interest as well as yours. It is better for everyone to get a correct diagnosis and treatment. They do not want to pay for unnecessary surgery, and you don’t want to have it. Likewise, they don’t want you being strung along with ineffective alternative treatment. You want to get better, and they want you to get better. If you want a second opinion, they will probably pay for it.


Our injury lawyers frequently recommend clients get a second doctor’s opinion. In a surgical situation, it almost always makes sense unless the surgery is urgent. Every surgery carries risks, including the possibility it will not be effective. You should not go through it unless you are confident the benefits outweigh the risks. You will have more confidence in the decision when you get a second opinion from a doctor who gives the same advice.

In addition, a second opinion is needed if you are getting ongoing treatment that is not working. For example, chiropractic treatment or physical therapy works in many situations. However, not always. If you are getting treatment for more than a month but are not seeing improvement, a second opinion may be warranted.

If you have insurance questions after an accident injury, call us for a free consultation. Our attorneys have more than 25 years’ experience with accident cases throughout Minnesota. We will listen to your story and answer your questions. Our injury lawyers will make sure your medical bills are paid and you get the compensation you are entitled to.