Not all personal injury claims are a result of car accidents. Other types of personal injury claims can include product defects, an assault, or a tripping accident. The financial compensation that comes with a personal injury claim must be spent wisely—after all, it is your money and your foremost goal is to heal as quickly as possible. If you choose to go to a chiropractor for treatment, make sure your chiropractor knows how to manage personal injury claims. A good chiropractor will ensure that you receive the right treatments and that you get fair compensation for your injuries.
Here are some points to consider:
Many chiropractors receive special training for evaluating and handling personal injuries. Ask your doctor if he or she has this experience.
Chiropractors will sometimes testify in court or provide depositions. In the case of a serious accident, make sure your doctor is willing to do this for you.
Chiropractors often work with attorneys and are able to recommend several attorneys if they believe you need one. Make sure the attorney you choose has a local practice.
The First Visit
The first visit after an accident is one of the most important indications of how well your chiropractor will care for you. The first visit should be thorough. It should include questionnaires and examinations that are directly associated with the type of personal injury you have suffered. Expect to be in the doctor’s office for over an hour. A good chiropractor takes the time to understand what happened to you and provides detailed information about how he or she can help. A good chiropractor readily provides you with X-rays and medical records if you ask for them
Working with Other Professionals
Chiropractors understand that there are instances when it is necessary to refer you to another medical specialist. Ask your doctor if he or she gives and receives referrals from medical specialists.
Adjusting Treatment Plans
Depending on your injuries, your chiropractor will adjust your treatment plan to ensure the best outcome. The goal is to get you back to living a normal, healthy life rather than to enrich your doctor. Speak to your doctor if you don’t feel like you are getting better. Ask to see your bills and talk to your doctor about other treatment options. A good chiropractor has no problem referring you to a medical doctor when necessary.
You know your body. If something is bothering you, speak up. During each visit tell the doctor how you are feeling and discuss your progress. Make sure your doctor is responsive and is willing to listen to what you have to say.
The Right Chiropractor Makes a Difference
The decisions and choices you make when finding a chiropractor will ultimately determine the outcome of your case. It’s not just about the damages you may receive but also about the long-term impact to your health. If you are in an accident, take time to find an experienced chiropractor.