We often hear this statement from new patients: “I was in an auto accident, and my lawyer sent me to a chiropractor. What do I do now?”
Most people in this situation don’t think much beyond the current moment.
It’s likely you’re still recovering from the shock of the accident and the unwelcome change it has brought to your life. You may be in pain and suffering from health issues related to the accident. The last thing you want to worry about is where to go to get the best care for your injury.
That’s where we come in.
Why Did My Lawyer Send Me to a Chiropractor?
Car accidents can wreak havoc on your body, producing health issues months and even years down the road in some cases. Most accident victims are encouraged to go to a doctor immediately following the incident to make sure there are no serious injuries.
We recommend scheduling an appointment at Beach Pain Center after your initial doctor’s visit as well. If you haven’t done so, that would explain why your attorney is suggesting you see a chiropractor now.
Long-term treatment and recovery is not something an ER or family doctor can offer, but it is our specialty.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Me?
As a reputable, auto accident chiropractor, we treat broken or fractured bones, spinal damage, whiplash, muscle and ligament tears, severe headaches resulting from head injury, and many other sources of pain you might not have considered.
Some accident injuries are invisible, such as persistent headaches, nausea, dizziness, and whiplash.
Waiting to see a chiropractor when you’re suffering from any one of those symptoms could increase the likelihood of a more serious problem developing in the future, long after your settlement. That means the possibility of more expenses you could have prevented by visiting Beach Pain Center for assistance following your accident.
Tears in ligaments or muscles is another example of an invisible injury.
These often result in uncomfortable inflammation and are difficult to detect with an X-ray. Muscle tears can cause you to wake up feeling stiff and sore after an accident, even though your doctor said everything looks normal.
We use spinal manipulation to realign your spinal column, which helps the body release an anti-inflammatory substance that reduces pain and lowers inflammation in your body. This is a drug-free way of solving a problem that may persist long after your accident.
Although medication may be necessary in some cases, in most, it simply masks the pain.
As your chiropractor, we will address the root of your injury, focusing on healing you rather than simply helping you manage the pain.
We’ll focus on the site of your injury, but you should also feel a reduction in achiness and pain throughout other areas of your body with this treatment.
How Long Should I Go to My Chiropractor After an Accident?
Visiting a chiropractor regularly will help reduce the chances of chronic conditions developing later in life as a byproduct of your accident.
For instance, even minor injuries can result in a reduction in your range of motion.
These injuries can magnify over time, or they may appear to wane even though the source of the issue has not been fully addressed. As a result, only your chiropractor can tell you when it’s time to stop treatment.
How Do I Pay Medical Bills After an Auto Accident?
Most medical offices and hospitals require immediate payment for services rendered.
If you visit your family doctor following a car accident, you will likely be told that your health insurance cannot be billed at that time. This is because most health insurance companies insist the party at fault cover the cost of any health expenses related to an auto accident.
In other words, your auto insurance provider (or the provider for whoever is at fault) is expected to cover your medical bills.
When your attorney sends you to us, it’s likely your accident was the result of negligence on the part of someone else. If you are considering legal action, proper documentation of every visit to a physician is essential.
Part of our job is to record all injuries and produce a report that may be submitted to your auto insurance carrier to document the extent of those injuries.
Do I Need a Letter of Protection in Texas?
Even if you submit claims as your treatment progresses, auto insurance providers will not help you pay your bills along the way. They expect you to pay the invoices on your own and keep track of your expenses. If you win your case, your auto insurance company will then write you a check for a lump sum to cover those expenses (hopefully).
This is where a letter of protection comes in handy.
A letter of protection is a letter sent by your attorney to a medical provider agreeing to pay the medical expenses you owe out of future recovery through settlement or trial. This isn’t something you can produce on your own; it is a contractual agreement that allows you to get the care you need on credit (without having to pay upfront).
If your attorney settles your case in your favor, they will then use the awarded funds to pay your medical bills. If you lose your case, you will still be responsible for payment to the medical provider. A letter of protection does not void any payments due to hospitals or other providers.
Beach Pain Center works with numerous personal injury attorneys in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. If you need a recommendation, we will make sure you are referred and get the proper representation.
Why Should I Go to Beach Pain Center for Treatment?
At Beach Pain Center, we treat you like family. No one likes to see a member of their family in pain.
As your chiropractor, we’ll do everything in our power to ease your pain and recover from your accident. You can trust that we are experienced, educated, and dedicated wholly to your recovery.
Don’t let an auto accident control your life; schedule an appointment with Beach Pain Center today.
Let us help you move forward and leave your pain in the past.