Should Know If You Have
Been Involved In An Auto
you know that one of the most stressful aspects of living in modern
life is dealing with the problems that arise after an auto accident?
Were you also aware that some auto accident injuries are hidden
and are seldom detected for months or even years? As a result, two
things can occur when an injury is not taken care of properly, or
the accident victims settle their case with the insurance companies
before getting evaluated from a Doctor trained in soft tissue injuries.
This Could Be
A Big Mistake.
Because once you settle your case, you lose the right to have
your insurance company pay for treatment if you need it. A good
rule of thumb is to be informed of your rights and then make a decision.
It is our position that if you were indeed injured, you should get
the care you need to get you back to the way you felt and functioned
just before the accident.
is not the responsibility of the insurance company to pay for anything
more than that. They are not responsibile for pre-existing injuries;
only the injuries sustained from the accident. Even if you are just
sore, you should get checked out immediately because you may experience
pain, numbness, headaches, muscle stiffness, fatigue, and other
problems including arthritis many months down the road. Remember,
nothing is more important than your health, especially when you
start to lose it.
where the problem begins... Most people who suffer from an auto
accident have one thing on their mind: their automobile!
is going to fix my car?"
will I drive in the mean time?"
my insurance rates go up?"
is going to pay for it?"
- And the
last thing on their mind is: "Am
I Really O.K.?"
only are auto accidents an inconvenience and a hassle, a common
redundant complaint of auto accident victims is that they don't
feel like their normal selves. You may also be experiencing obvious
pains and symptoms like muscle stiffness or spasm, neck pain, headaches,
numbness and tingling, back pain, difficulty sleeping, irritability,
memory loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and many other difficulties.
Or worse than that, you may be injured and feel nothing at all.
way, did you know that auto accidents can cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can ruin your posture (giving you a slumped or hump
back appearance). Osteoarthritis can cause the discs in your spine
to degenerate and create scar tissue formation leading to chronic
stiffness and the inability to move properly.
As a matter
- Most Doctors
Are Not Trained In The Detection Of These Hidden Injuries...
you have been in an auto accident, you need a doctor who is trained
in the biomechanics of the human body; someone who treats these
injuries every day.
In addition,x-rays can be taken to find out if there has been
any structural damage. In our office, we evaluate auto accident
victims and make any appropriate referrals to other health care
providers if needed.
- Our primary
responsibility is giving you the care if you need It, and
submitting the required medical reports to the insurance company
so your rights
can't help you, we will refer you to a doctor or facility that
you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important
decisions you have to make, and if I were you, I'd make these decisions
Should I See An Attorney Before I See My Chiropractor?
is important to get checked out by the doctor first. That way
the findings from your exam will allow you the information you
need in order to decide if an attorney is necessary. If necessary,
we can refer you to a reputable and qualified attorney.
- Q: What
If My Car Sustained Only Minor Damage?
studies done by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D. and Lee
Riley, M.D. revealed that: "The amount of damage to the automobile
bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine
(neck) of the occupants."
In other words,
the damage to the passengers is not necessarily directly related
to the damage to the vehicle.
If I Need Treatment For This Injury, Do I Have To Pay For It Myself?
only in very rare circumstances does the patient pay for his care
as he goes. Our office provides care "on credit" when
patients are represented by an attorney. Some car insurance policies
have what is called "Med Pay." This means that medical
bills will be paid at 100% up to a certain limit. My office can
assist you in obtaining this information.
Using your medical coverage should not raise your premiums.
The Insurance Company Has Been Calling Me And Wants To Settle,What
Should I Do?
not sign or settle until you have had us evaluate your injury
for you. If you settle before your injury is fully resolved, you
will be completely on your own and will have to pay out of pocket
for your care.
I've Been To The Hospital And My Medical Doctor, Do I Really Need
to See a Chiropractor?
need a doctor who focuses in the treatment and diagnosis of auto
accident injuries. Usually hospitals will check vital signs, make
sure there are no life-threatening conditions and release the
patient with pain relief medication. They normally do not treat
the underlying improper musculoskeletal biomechanics that can
and often do lead to future pain. If you are still having problems,
you should get a second opinion.
If your M.D.
has given you pills, you must understand that pills do not correct
structural or soft tissue damage. There are special therapies
designed for that, and we offer these modalities at our office.
Does Your Care Hurt?
not. The care is very gentle and quite soothing. Most patients
can hardly wait to get their care.
Is The Care Safe?
A: Yes, extremely. Particularly when compared to the side
effects from medication. I urge you to go to the patient testimonial
tab to get a feel for what you can expect.