Working with a Chiropractor After Your Accident
Choosing to work with a qualified chiropractor after an accident is one of the best decisions you can make. Not only will they give you an effective treatment to help you feel better faster, but they will also help you with your insurance claims.
This process begins with diagnosis. They will examine you in a number of ways, including using X-Rays, MRI scans, other imaging technology, and a physical exam. Then they will assess your injuries and create a treatment plan designed specifically for you and your injuries. They are also able to refer you to other specialists if needed.
Ways a Chiropractor Can Help with Your Car Accident Claim
Auto accident insurance claim management can be overwhelming, luckily, chiropractors can help you in a number of ways, including the following:
Document Required Treatment
If you are filing an insurance claim, then you need to have documentation of the entire treatment process to receive compensation. When you work with your chiropractor, you will receive treatment to help you recover from your injury, plus you will receive full documentation of the entire process for insurance purposes.
Documentation includes the following:
Medical charts that include your injuries and symptoms
All treatment provided during recovery
Billing details for your treatment, which include the dates of visits to the chiropractor and the costs of treatment
Direct Communication With Your Insurance Company
To be able to file a claim, there needs to be direct communication with the insurance company. For someone who is not used to dealing with insurance claims, this can be challenging and stressful. Plus, it eats up time. However, chiropractors are used to managing insurance claims and communicating with insurance companies, and they can provide the insurance company with all the information they need to correctly file your claim and get you compensated.
Communicate With Your Lawyer
In addition to directly communicating with your insurance company, your chiropractor can also speak with your lawyer and relay all the necessary information they need as well. Having a lawyer makes sure that you get fairly compensated, and like your chiropractor, they have your best interest in mind. Your lawyer, and therefore you, requires as much information and documentation as possible in order to ensure that you get properly compensated by your insurance company. Chiropractors understand this, and it is why they will always provide your lawyer with relevant information and documentation, and so that you don’t have to.
Speed Up the Process
The healing process after an injury and getting insurance claims processed can take a long time. If you’re receiving ongoing medical care, you may have to wait until treatment is finished to receive your claim.
Luckily, seeing a chiropractor can speed up the treatment process, getting you healed and recovered faster while also getting you your money as quickly as possible.
Refer You to Other Specialists
Although a chiropractor is able to treat many different kinds of injuries, a chiropractor cannot treat all types of injuries. For example, if you require plastic surgery due to scar tissue as a result of your injury, then your chiropractor will refer you to a specialist.
Other injuries may be best handled by a general practitioner or specialist in addition to a chiropractor. If you are referred to another medical professional, then your chiropractor will make sure to document the referral so that they can show your insurance company that the referral was necessary to your recovery.
Also, the referrals will likely speed up your recovery and make your recovery more successful overall. And, you can rest assured that your chiropractor will recommend trusted, and high-quality medical professionals.
Suggest Limited Activity
If your injury is making certain movements difficult or painful, or if certain movements impede the healing of your injury, then your chiropractor will help you make decisions about what you should or shouldn’t do.
For example, if you have a shoulder injury, they may suggest that you don’t reach over your head, or if you have a back injury they may recommend that you avoid heavy lifting. While this is necessary to ensure that you don’t do any injuries that cause you pain or make your injury worse, it is also important for other practical reasons like work responsibilities.
Your Chiropractor will be able to document your limitations so that you can show your employer what you can and can’t do or will work as a written excuse for you to take time off work.
Although you may not like the idea of taking time off work, it may be necessary for the healing process, depending on your injury and your work responsibilities. Following your chiropractor's instructions and restricting your activity will allow you to heal faster and get back to work more quickly too.