What Should You do After an Auto Accident?
What you do after an auto accident is vital not only in terms of your treatment and passage to better health, but also if you are looking to make an insurance claim to help with your costs. There are many things that can happen to you in an auto accident, and while your first port of call should usually be to the ER to ensure nothing serious is happening, there is a follow up procedure to follow to ensure you do not have any other injuries that the ER will not necessarily detect.
Go to the ER
So this is the first port of call after an auto accident. Even if you think you feel fine, you should still visit just in case. The first thing you should be aware of with the ER is that their job is to make sure you’re ok, nothing broken, no internal bleeding or life threatening condition. That’s their priority and their focus. They will then likely refer you to your primary doctor for follow up checks. Even if they don’t, you still should.
They should also provide you with paperwork regarding your visit. Keep this in a special folder. This is the first piece of documentation you need to keep.
Go to Your Primary
So, you’ve been to the ER, now it’s time to get a general check up from your doctor. If you have any aches or pains, your primary doctor will help to address them by prescribing medication, and advising a course of treatment. His perspective is your general wellbeing and care. Once again, any documentation he gives you, keep in your folder.
You should now visit someone with specialized knowledge of what to do after an auto accident as these doctors will focus in on the specific injuries that commonly occur through such incidents. These injuries are typically soft tissue injuries, things like torn muscle fibers, ligament trouble, and these often are not even visible on an MRI scan.
Therefore, you should visit an expert such as a chiropractor, orthopedic, or pain management specialist to have these injuries examined and treated. Once again, keep any documentation given to you, or ask for it.
What Experience do I have at Back Pain Relief Center?
I have seen hundreds of auto accident victims over my career. If you have been involved in an accident, it is vital to get treated as soon as possible for several reasons:
- To receive proper treatment to fix your issues and to return to health as quickly as possible
- To receive proper treatment as early as possible to help prevent future problems
- To receive proper documentation in order to file a claim against insurance to pay for your treatment
In my career, I would say at least half of my patients have issues as a result of an accident several years prior that were never treated properly at the time. What happens is that soft tissue injuries heal incorrectly on their own. Torn fibers around the neck heal improperly which means muscles become tight which puts pressure on the spine and joints. This compresses the spine which in turn puts pressure on the discs, and over time, the disc degenerates and causes pain. Once at this stage there is no cure, only pain management.
You do not want to be in this situation if you can easily nip the problem in the bud by getting treated quickly.
And of course, by the time you get to this point, any hope of insurance covering these costs are long gone, so you’re on your own.
It’s Also a Team Approach
Chiropractic care is superb for helping soft tissue injuries, but it is very much a team game with your chiro and other doctors. For example, it could be that you are in too much pain to receive the chiropractic care that will help fix your soft tissue issues, and so you might need the services of your pain management doctor or primary to provide you with medication to help alleviate the pain so that you can receive the treatment from your chiro.
Once again, it is vital that you keep this documentation.
So your team may include your ER doctor (at the beginning), your primary doctor, an orthopedic, chiropractor, and of course your attorney to help you put everything together.
These team members will help you to get back to full health quicker, reduce the risk of long term damage, and of course help you to present your case in claiming against insurance to pay for it all.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate in contacting me at either of my offices, or via Facebook. I am here to help you get better.
You can watch a more detailed explanation of the above by watching this video: