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Whiplash * Ligament Damage * Spinal Injuries
Auto injuries like whiplash can have a serious impact on your health. Experienced doctors with a track record of helping accident victims heal fully from the collision are hard to find. Dr. Casey Bearden is trained in Accident Reconstruction Forensics at Texas A&M University and has received a Master’s Certification in Spinal Biomechanical Trauma from The Spine Research Institute of San Diego.
Expertise Helping Accident Victims
Dr. Bearden and his team of doctors have seen and treated accident victims for the past 24 years. Dr. Bearden is also skilled in working with injury lawyers, in the event a lawsuit or claim is involved. Dr. Bearden knows the steps to take and proper documentation to ensure you receive full reimbursement for your injuries. As a victim, you can help make this process easier by obtaining full documentation of the accident and the extent of your injuries. This information will help you better understand what steps to take following the accident, how to file a claim for your medical expenses, and why it is so important to see a chiropractor in Nashville Accident and Injury Center as soon as possible.
Auto Injuries: What Steps to Take Immediately After the Accident
If you have recently been in an auto accident, the steps you take immediately following this accident can have a big impact not only on your long-term well being but also your ability to be fully reimbursed for the injuries you sustained. No matter how minor an accident may seem, it is critical that you take this accident seriously. Contact the police and file an accident report with your DMV. Auto insurance companies rely heavily on this documentation when settling personal injury claims. The same goes for medical reimbursement; it is critical that you receive a comprehensive diagnostic exam from a chiropractor as soon as possible after an accident, even if you think you are fine. The earlier you consult a chiropractor and injury lawyer, the more these professionals can do on your behalf to help you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.
First Step to Take Following a Car Wreck
Immediately after the accident, contact your physician and injury lawyer to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Establishing a clear connection between the auto accident and subsequent injuries and/or medical issues is critical to successfully settling your claim. When you meet with your chiropractor, let him or her know about your injury and discuss any health issues you may be experiencing that you think are related to the accident. Document all expenses associated with your medical care, including transportation, parking, consultation fees, medical fees, and time or wages lost from work in order to keep these appointments.
A medical diary is an important and effective means for tracking how the auto injuries are impacting your daily life. This medical diary can also track the care that you have received, which is important for reimbursement purposes. This documentation can be used as evidence to determine a fair settlement for you injuries along with your pain and suffering. Include dates, times and outcomes for all your medical appointments, consultations and diagnostic tests. Detail how your injury is impacting your daily life. For example, whiplash injury pain may be affecting your ability to sleep at night, sit comfortably for extended periods at the office, or focus on information during meetings. Document difficulties with daily care, such as dressing and showering, along with activities that you can no longer enjoy because of the injury. Keeping a medical diary will also help your personal injury lawyer receive maximum reimbursement for pain and suffering, which is defined as mental and physical distress because of an injury.
Auto Injuries and Claims: Eligible Medical Expenses for Reimbursement
In a personal injury lawsuit, you can make several types of reimbursement claims, including medical expenses as well as claims for lost wages, diminished employment opportunities, and pain and suffering. In order to receive full compensation for your medical claims, it is critical that a chiropractor or other medical professional evaluate your injuries. It is common to walk away from an accident with only a few cuts and bruises and not produce symptoms that need immediate medical care. Down the road, however, these injuries may worsen. For this reason, it is critical to receive a full evaluation prior to settling with your insurance company. Otherwise you may miss out on care reimbursement.
Whiplash is a classic example of an injury that does not always have obvious symptoms initially. You do not need to be in a serious auto accident to sustain whiplash injuries. In fact, whiplash injuries can occur in rear-impact accidents at speeds as slow as 5 miles per hour. The force of the rear-impact accident can “whip” the neck backwards and forwards, straining the cervical spine and knocking it out of alignment. This misalignment may place pressure on nearby nerves and muscles, triggering soreness, stiffness, neck pain, headaches and a host of other health problems. While stiffness and soreness are common, other whiplash injury symptoms may not become evident until weeks after the accident. For this reason, a full diagnostic exam that includes an evaluation of the musculoskeletal system is critical to diagnosing your injury before serious symptoms are present.
A full diagnostic exam from your chiropractor should always be the first step after an auto accident. Once you understand the extent of your injuries and have the proper medical documentation in place, you can then contact you personal injury lawyer and begin the insurance claims process. Additionally, if your chiropractor believes that you will need additional medical treatments or therapy even after the claim is settled, your personal injury attorney will calculate these likely costs for full reimbursement.
If you have recently been in a car accident, don’t lose out on the reimbursement to which you are entitled! Schedule a diagnostic exam at Nashville Accident and Injury Center today.