Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries in Milpitas
Pain-Relief Specialists in Milpitas
When it comes to auto accident injuries, even a "minor" crash can result in serious complications. If treatment is provided during the early prevention stage, this is the best way to avoid long-term symptoms. Chiropractic care and corrective exercises are effective in helping to restore the healthy, normal function of your nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery.
Why Choose Chiropractors for Treating Auto Accident Injuries?
Doctors of Chiropractic are widely becoming the “go-to” healthcare professionals when it comes to car accidents, and the reason for this is simple. The types of injuries most commonly seen in auto accidents are precisely the types of injuries chiropractors are trained to treat.
Specifically injuries to the following areas:
Common Symptoms of Auto Accident Injuries
Common symptoms we see in auto injury patients include:
- Chronic Pain
- Headache & Migraines
- Jaw Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Radicular Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Auto Accident Injury FAQ
Below represents a small collection of trusted advice and helpful answers for some of the most common questions about a car accident incident.
Q: How Much Car Damage Is There to the Vehicle?
This is a very real and valid question to ask because it will determine
- the stance of the opposing insurance company
- the likelihood that an attorney will be willing to represent you
Q: Do I Need to Obtain Damage Estimates?
When getting an estimate, it is recommended you obtain damage estimates from at least 3 auto repair shops. It is a good idea that at least one of those estimates be obtained through a dealer of the same make of your car.
You DO NOT have to go to a repair shop suggested by the insurance company as these shops often provide very low estimates based on contracted rates with the insurance company.
Q: How Much Should I Expect in Damages For My Car?
The typical figure that is used within the legal profession is $1500. If the damage to your car is below this amount, insurance companies will categorize your injury as a M.I.S.T. injury (minor impact, soft tissue) and they will be extremely aggressive in dealing with you. As a result, most attorneys are unwilling to take you on as a client because they know that little case money will be forthcoming.
Legal Tips & Advice for Auto Accidents
Below represents a small collection of trusted advice and helpful resources if you have just been involved in a car accident and have been injured.
Do Not Allow Your Attorney to Collect MedPay.
Some unscrupulous attorneys will decide to collect MedPay (link) payments rather than allowing them to come to our office. This is never a good situation as it virtually guarantees you will be left with unpaid medical bills that we will then have to collect from you.
As attorneys work on a percentage of the collected settlement, they sometimes will send a letter to your insurance company instructing them to send payments to the attorney. By doing this, they are increasing the total “pot” of the settlement, from which they will take their 30-40% cut. Unfortunately, when they do this, they are actually taking money directly out of our compensation. This forces us to bill you directly for the remaining balance, which neither of us wants.
If your attorney decides to do this, we require that you immediately obtain new legal representation from an attorney who will turn over all MedPay payments immediately. If you decide to remain with the same attorney, we require immediate payment for the full balance of your account as well as cash payments for all future treatments.
Be Consistent with Attending Treatments.
Patients often start feeling better with the first 4-6 treatments and start missing their appointments. Two to three months later, they show up again looking for treatment and we have to tell them their case is no longer open.
When the doctor provides a treatment regimen, he or she is often taking into consideration the natural progression of injuries. If you fall out of treatment, you no longer receive the benefits of treatment and often stop performing the home treatment remedies, such as icing, stretching, and exercises that you’ve been taught.
Seek Care Within the First 30 Days Following Accident.
This just makes sense. If you are injured, consult a physician such as a chiropractor or medical doctor within the first 30 days of your injury. Many patients will rest, apply ice, and take over-the-counter medications in the hopes that their injuries will heal. This is not unreasonable, as this is the advice most medical doctors provide and they usually schedule little if any follow-up care. This is unfortunate, as most medical doctors subscribe to the myth[link to Myth#4] that these injuries will go away within the first month.
When you delay receiving treatment, you are indirectly saying that you are not injured. This is how the insurance company will interpret your actions, as well as nearly all attorneys, judges, and jurors. It is human nature to say, “If you were hurt, why didn’t you immediately seek treatment?” The fact is that many personal injury cases are sabotaged by this issue. Don’t let your case fall into the “Delayed Treatment” category.
Do NOT Hide Facts & Do NOT Lie.
Many people have previous injuries or pre-existing conditions, such as a history of low back pain or a previous industrial (work) injury. When getting into a car accident, these people sometimes fear that disclosing this information will jeopardize their ability to receive treatment and will lie or conceal facts.
By failing to disclose such information, you are not helping anything and are providing opposing insurance companies and their attornies with ammunition to be used in court.
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