An auto accident is a traumatic experience, and so it’s easy for an auto accident injury to be missed in the chaos of the aftermath.
Auto Accidents Utah – The Big Mistake
Many people injured in auto accidents believe that they will feel better in a couple of days or weeks. Many are examined in the emergency room, x-rays are taken, they are told they are O.K. and then given pain medications. They then wonder why they continue to have symptoms. Emergency rooms are there to give life saving procedures. If nothing is broken then you are usually released.
Recent studies found that 62% – 86% of patients who had whiplash-type injuries had significant residual symptoms 10 to 15 years after the auto accident. Many injuries show up later! Please don’t make the mistake of worrying more about your car than your wellness.
Things You Need to Know
Q: SHOULD I SEE AN ATTORNEY BEFORE I SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
A: The findings from a chiropractic exam allows us to evaluate your injuries to determine whether an attorney is necessary. If so, we can refer you to a reputable and qualified attorney experienced.
Q: WHAT IF MY CAR SUSTAINED ONLY MINOR DAMAGE?
A: “The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants.” Charles Carroll, M.D., et al research study. Some people are injured worse in low property damage accidents than accidents where more car damage occurred.
Q: IF I NEED TREATMENT FOR THIS INJURY, DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR IT MYSELF?
A: Our office provides care “on credit” when patients are represented by an attorney. Utah law requires all auto insurance policies to cover a minimum of $3,000 of medical care through your PIP policy. This is no-fault coverage that applies regardless of who is at fault. Our office can assist you in obtaining further information. Using your medical coverage should not raise your premiums. A: Do not sign or settle until your injury has been evaluated by a certified doctor. Settling before your injury is fully resolved, will lead to payments coming out of your own pocket.
Q: IS IT OK TO WAIT TO GET TREATMENT?
A: Most soft tissue injuries get worse with time. Damage can be minimized when addressed early. Insurance companies frequently don’t accept responsibility after a long period of time between the date of accident and when treatment begins.
Q: I’VE BEEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND MY MEDICAL DOCTOR. DO I REALLY NEED TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
A: You need a doctor who focuses in the treatment and diagnosis of Auto Accidents Utah 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 lead to future pain. If you are still having problems, you should get a second opinion. If your M.D. has given you pills, please 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.