Diagnosis immediately after a car accident is extremely important in order to detect injuries that might not show symptoms until days or weeks after the car crash. If you’re injured in a car accident we recommend visiting the emergency room immediately to address any injures that need immediate attention.
An ER Doctor will determine if you have any life-threatening emergency medical needs and provide basic medication such as anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxers, and minor non-addictive pain relievers.
After this visit, it is important to schedule a follow-up appointment with a car accident doctor as soon as possible. Some common and serious injuries that result from car collisions don’t show symptoms right away such as:
- Sprains and strains
- Some types of fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
But where should you go?
My Primary Care Doctor Won’t See Me, Now What?
It is essential to know that most injuries worsen a day or two after an accident and you should schedule a visit with a doctor before this happens. However, many primary care doctors or urgent care doctors do not treat victims of auto accidents due to the types of injuries, the documentation required, and the legalities with law firms that go into treating these types of personal injuries.
Many primary care physicians are primarily set up to treat you for common illnesses like the flu and can even handle broken bones. However, these types of doctors may not know how to treat the types of injuries from car accidents.
Documenting these types of injuries is crucial for you to recover damages against the at-fault party. When you file your claim, your doctor’s examination of your injuries and the diagnosis and prescribed treatment will have a significant impact on your ability to collect compensation. If documentation is incorrect or an injury is not detected, the at-fault party could argue that the injuries were not from the accident.
Additionally, many primary care doctors are not set up to bill for a motor vehicle accident (MVA) or no-fault insurance. Primary care physicians typically bill through health insurance, however MVA is primarily billed through auto insurance.
The main reason for many primary care physicians not treating motor vehicle accidents is that they simply do not want to get involved in the legal process. MVAs involve different types of documentation, processes, and can include depositions. Depending on the accident it can take weeks to years for a settlement to take place which takes time away from their medical practices.
Should I See A Chiropractor?
While many chiropractors are set up to treat collision victims, it is important to have imaging done prior to being treated by one. Many chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation without the use of drugs or surgery and without necessarily knowing all of the internal damage. As neck and back injuries are extremely common in auto injuries this can lead to permanent damage, even paralysis.
Before visiting with a chiropractor, seek imaging and a medical doctor’s consultation to ensure any manipulation will not cause further damage.
Why Should You Be Seen By A Specialized Car Accident Doctor?
An auto accident specialist such as Accident Care and Treatment Center knows how to treat specialized car accident injuries and we work through auto insurance so you do not pay up-front out-of-pocket expenses. We provide the proper documentation to make sure that if you pursue a claim your damages will be considered.
During your initial visit, you will visit with one of our specialized medical doctors to assess and document your injuries. They are trained in auto accident injuries and can help you recover from neck pain to broken bones.
Depending on your type of collision you may receive imaging via our CT, X-ray, MRI, or Ultrasound to get a better assessment of known and unknown injuries. It can take up to 72 hours for some injuries, such as whiplash, to appear. With our team, you will formulate the best course of action, including physio or physical therapy. All of these services are provided at one location for your convenience so you will not need to drive all over town for treatments.
One of the major differences in seeing a specialized auto accident doctor is you will not need to pay up-front out-of-pocket. Especially after a car accident, many people can not afford to pay up-front. As stated before, many primary care physicians are set up to bill health insurance, which is why you would need to pay up-front when being seen for an auto injury.
We are set up to bill the car insurance and we work on a medical lien. This means you can get the help you need and not have to worry about the medical bills. Our billing and legal department work directly with the auto insurance companies to provide the documents they need to ensure you receive adequate compensation for your injuries.
It is important to seek medical care for car accident injuries within 72 hours of your car accident. You only have a certain amount of days in order for bills to be paid through the at-fault party’s insurance (the number of days will vary from state to state). A delay in medical care could cost you thousands of dollars.
If you’ve been injured on a drive, call 842-3209 and schedule your first visit today. We are specialized in accident victims and can help get you on the road to recovery.
*This is for information purposes only. No legal or medical advice is intended to be provided.