ATTENTION AUTO ACCIDENT VICTIMS
This report is designed to answer the most commonly asked questions…
My doctor said it is just a strain and that I’ll be okay. What does the research show?
What do I need to know if I think I’m injured?
When does someone need an attorney?
Should I be talking to the other sides attorney?
Is going to the hospital and taking pills all I need?
If I don’t have medical coverage on my policy can I still get care?
Why can’t the other insurance company just pay my bills directly?
Suppose the person that hits me is uninsured, can I still get care?
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to money for the following…
Auto Damages – Medical Bills – Pain & Suffering
Are you suffering from any of the following?
HEADACHES-NECK PAIN-SHOULDER PAIN-TINGLING INTO THE HANDS
DIFFICULTY TURNING THE HEAD OR LOW BACK
DIFFICULTY RELAXING OR FALLING ASLEEP
NOTICEABLE CHANGE IN YOUR MOOD-NUMBNESS
LOW BACK PAIN OR LEG TINGLING
If you have any of these problems then it can get worse. It may be weeks, months, or even years before you get arthritis, nerve problems, spinal degeneration, or numbness of the arms and legs. The quality of your future life may depend on the decisions you make today.
IT IS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY…so read on
My name is Dr. VanNess. I am a doctor of chiropractic, and I treat auto accident victims. If you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important decisions that you have to make and if I were you, I’d take these decisions very seriously.
Most of my patients have been to others doctors before coming to my office for specialized care.You are welcome to visit my office and receive a free consultation on your injury.
I BELIEVE THAT I AM THE ONLY DOCTOR WHO HAS THE TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT TO TREAT SOFT TISSUE INJURIES CORRECTLY AND PROFESSIONALLY.
Because, quite simply put, I correct the physical cause of your pain and restore function back to your body without endless physical therapy or medication that dangerously covers up your problem.
Now, let’s answer those questions…
1. I’m only suffering from sore muscles, my doctor said it is just a strain and that I’ll be O.K. What does the research show?
Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D., and Lee Riley, Jr., M.D. in their article “Objective findings for the diagnosis of whiplash” in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine noted that “the amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine of the occupants. The acceleration of the occupant’s head depends on the force imparted, the moment of inertia of the struck vehicle, and the amount of collapse of force dissemination by the crumpling of the vehicle.”
Gargan and Bannister reported a late onset of neck pain, extremity pain or paresthesia, interscapular pain, tinnitus, headache, dizziness, and visual disturbance after one week. Between three months and one year post accident, another 22% deteriorated, lending further support to the two phase phenomenon as described by Bring and Westman. Nerve damage (perineural fibrosis) can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome up to two years later.
2. What do I need to know if I think I’ve been injured?
You need to know that you have rights, and that you may not be aware of what those rights are. You also need to know that most doctors are not trained in treating soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are usually more dangerous than a broken bone. Broken bones can heal up pretty well. Soft tissues heal with scar tissue. Scar tissue (fibrosis of repair) can affect tendons, ligaments, discs, joints, nerves, blood supply, lymph nodes, range of motion, muscle strength, and can rapidly speed up the degenerative processes of the spine known as Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis.
3. When do I need an attorney?
There have been reports recently of insurance companies contacting accident victims immediately after an accident. The companies tell the victims they want to help and ask them to quickly settle their claim. If you’re in an accident and this happens to you, ask yourself, who is the insurance company really trying to help?
It is my opinion that using a lawyer is a wise choice since lawyers can help clients get all the money they are entitled to after an accident. Most accident victims don’t know all their rights, or all they are entitled to under an insurance policy. The insurance industry’s own research shows that car accident victims receive more money when represented by a lawyer.
4. Should I be talking to the other side’s insurance company?
I recommend to all my patients to have the insurance company call me to answer any questions regarding the their condition, diagnosis, range of motion and X-ray findings.
5.Is going to the hospital and taking a pill all I need?
Absolutely Not!! If after a thorough evaluation I find that your injuries are minor in nature then you can be sure you will be O.K. But, if you’re in enough pain to take medication then chances are you suffered a soft tissue injury.
6. If I don’t have medical coverage on my policy, can I still get care?
Yes! If you were a victim, then the other side is liable, and will pay all your medical bills. Our office takes care of the paperwork and you are not billed.
7. Why can’t the other insurance company just pay my bills directly?
It is usually customary for the other insurance company to wait until the doctor is done treating and then they may pay the bill. So as long as the patient has an attorney who will settle the case and pay the bills for the patient, the doctor will treat the patient.
8. Suppose the person that hit me is uninsured, can I still get care?
Yes, your uninsured motorist portion of your policy will pay for care.
Has this ever happened to you?
You go to a doctor’s office, fill out forms and NOW YOU ARE IN THE LOOP. Weeks go by and you don’t know if your case is being properly documented.
Why does it matter?
These cases can get very, very complicated and since this is probably your first accident, you need a doctor who can professionally document your case to your attorney and the insurance companies.
Auto accidents are one of those tragic things that haunt us all. The pain that it leaves behind never seems to go away. But there is hope. Call today to schedule your free consultation. I can then assess your situation and see what is best for YOU.
Van Ness Chiropractic 215 S. Northwest Hwy., Ste. 102A Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 842-8070