Auto Injury? Know Your Rights.
Did 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.
Why? 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.
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.
Here is where the problem begins. Most people who suffer from an auto accident have
one thing on their min: their automobile!
Common questions include:
"Who is going to fix my car?"
"What will I drive in the mean time?"
"Will my insurance rates go up?"
"Who is going to pay for it?"
"And the last thing on their mind is: "Am I really OK?"
Not 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.
Either way, did you know that auto accidents can cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) can ruin your posture (giving you a slumped or hump back
appearance) OA can cause the disc in your spine to degenerate and create scar tissue
formation leading to chronic stiffness and the inability to move properly.
As a matter of fact.
Most doctors are not trained in the detection of these hidden injuries. If
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 necessary.
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 are
If we can't help you, we will refer you to a doctor or facility that can. If 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 very carefully.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I see an attorney before my chiropractor?
A: It 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
Q: What if my car sustained only minor damage?
A: Documented studies done by Charles Carrol, 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."
Q: If I need treatment for this injury, do I have to pay for it myself?
A: No, 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. Our office can
assist you in obtaining this information.
Q: The insurance company has been calling me and wants to settle, What should
A: 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.
Q: I've been to the hospital and my medical doctor, do I really need to see a
A: You need a doctor who focuses in the treatment and diagnosis of auto
accident injuries. Usually hospital 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.
Q: Does your care hurt?
A: Absolutely not. The care is very gentle and quite soothing. Most patients can
hardly wait to get their care.
Q: Is the care safe?
A: Yes, extremely. Particularly when compared to the side effects from
medication. View the Patient Testimonials category to hear what satisfied
patients have to say.