Car / Auto Accident Care

What if you were in a car/automobile accident?

 

1.  If you are able to, gather as much information as you can at the scene of the accident.  Getting contact information of everyone involved in the accident, including the responding police or traffic officer’s contact information and a copy of the police report.

 

2.  Seek treatment as soon as possible, even if you think that you may not have any problems.  Soft tissue injuries can manifest 2-14 days after the accident.   The longer the delay for treatment, the longer it takes to recover from most injuries.

 

3.  If you think that the injury might be serious and/or life threatening, go to the nearest hospital to you, or call 911. Also, if your symptoms are increasing or becoming “strange” or “different”, seek immediate care from either urgent care or the ER.

 

4.    If your condition requires comanagement with other specialists, we have a network of orthopedists, neurologists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, et al. to whom we can refer you.

 

5.  If your auto insurance has “Med Pay”, then that means your bill will be fully paid up to your policy’s limit.  Bring your insurance card in with you so that we can check your policy for you.  If you don’t have insurance, our office never turns anyone that needs and wants care.

 

6.  If the auto accident was not your fault, the other party’s auto insurance should cover your bill.  We will take care of all the paperwork for you.

 

7.  Insurance companies will try to settle a case with you as soon as possible.  You should never settle a case without being evaluated.

 

8.  After being in an car accident, there are a numerous of issues that you need to address.  Dealing with insurance companies should not be one of them.  If you have not yet with an attorney, we can refer you to a reputable one that specializes in your type of case.

 

9.  If you were at fault, do not neglect your health in fear that your auto insurance rate will go up.  Many insurance companies will not raise your rates after 1 accident.  Injuries sustained after an auto accident can lead to permanent spinal damage if left untreated.  As the saying goes: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.