You never think it could happen to you and then BOOM – collision occurs.
You think you feel okay – no bruising or loss of consciousness so you decline being taken to the hospital. Or maybe you agree to go just in case to get checked out, but then what?
Here are 3 steps everyone should follow:
Step 1 – Make an Appointment with a Chiropractic Physician
Chiropractors spearhead all motor vehicle cases. They provide non-invasive rehabilitation and pain management services. Think of a chiropractor as a quarterback. Based on your case, physical exam results, initial evaluation, and accident information, they will draft a “game plan” that is appropriate for your set of injuries. When needed, they will request X-rays or MRIs. They will coordinate care with pain management doctors, neurologists, spine specialists, psychiatrists, and lawyers to facilitate the best, results-driven treatment possible.
Step 2 – Find a Good Lawyer Who Specializes in Personal Injury
Lawyers are an important addition to your case. They are there to offer legal advice, represent you, and most importantly – fight for you and your medical care. How do you find the right lawyer? Perhaps you know someone or perhaps a friend recommends one. Personal referral is the best, but make sure you conduct an interview to make sure that they are knowledgable in personal injury law and they have your best interest from the start. If it doesn’t feel like the right fit, don’t force it. It’s OK. There are other ways to get in touch with an excellent personal injury attorney. You can ask your chiropractor. For example, Dr. Leffel has an extensive network of lawyers he works with that are the best in their field. You can also search for one online. Take your time – read the reviews, explore their website, and make an appointment to meet and discuss your case.
Step 3 – Commit to the Treatment Plan
It’s important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your chiropractor. It takes time to alleviate pain, rebuild strength, and regain mobility. For best outcome, the treatment plan must be followed. It is a roadmap personalized with YOU in mind to get you back to feeling your best. The treatment plan must follow the care paths and guidelines established by the state. Your doctor should be transparent about your care so you know exactly what is happening, when, and why. If you feel you are not getting better after 3 months of care and your chiropractic physician insists on continuing the same treatment without modification or referring you out for additional evaluations, then you may need to either switch providers or insist on further investigation into your case. You are your best advocate and you must put yourself first.
If you or someone you know were involved in a motor vehicle accident, give us a call at 201-646-2500 to schedule a free evaluation.