When you are involved in an auto accident, there are many things to worry about—the safety of all the parties in the crash, the damage to your car, and the coverage that your car insurance provides. As you probably already know, there are many commercials and billboards that tell you the immediate course of action that should be taken after you have been involved in an auto accident. Some billboards represent auto accident attorneys, and others suggest their insurance companies. But the first, and most important thing that you should be concerned with is taking care of is yourself.
Just because you don’t see or feel any broken bones or you’re not visibly bleeding doesn’t mean you’re not hurt. Many auto accident injuries can happen internally and can harmfully affect you in ways you may not be consciously aware of. If you have sustained an injury that goes untreated for too long, you could experience long term and / or severe health problems in the future. This is why it is imperative to see an auto accident chiropractor ASAP.
Why You May Not Notice Something Is Wrong
Your auto accident injuries can take time to show. People often think if they are involved in a small auto accident such as a “fender bender”, there is no need for a medical check-up. What people need to realize is that, when analyzing the severity an accident, the sustained injuries may not always be parallel to the damaged caused to the vehicle from the crash– even in a minor car accident. It is possible for even the slightest injuries to affect your physical mobility for the rest of your life. At the time of an accident and immediately after, endorphins (natural painkillers) are released into your body to give you a pain-free sense throughout your body. Any auto accident injuries then become undetectable.
Common signs of injuries after an auto accident
- Neck pain / stiffness
- Dizziness or fatigue
- Ringing in the ears
- Speech changes
- Difficulty swallowing
- Memory problems
A new personal injury protection (PIP) law passed in Florida as of January 1, 2013, is that you must seek medical attention within 14 days of your auto accident in order to receive any benefits from your insurance company. Most insurance companies will cover some or all of your medical expenses, even if the accident was not your fault. Individual cases do vary though, and a case may need to be settled before payment is rendered. Because of this new law, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible… even if you feel you do not have any serious ailments that require a doctor.
At Coastal Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness Center in Largo and Clearwater, FL., we will provide you with individual care, and assess your car accident injuries in order to help you receive the best care and to utilize all of your insurance benefits. To contact our offices to schedule an appointment, call at (727) 581-2774.
Below are some of the most common types of auto accident injuries:
- Brain / Head: (closed injuries are common)
- Mild concussions – to serious brain injuries / traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck: whiplash, sprain (pinched nerves), disc injuries
- Back: sprain, fracture, lumbar spine injury
- Face: jawbone or cheekbone fractures
The first thing you should do after an auto accident is contact a medical physician or chiropractor so they can examine and document your auto accident injuries. Medical reports will provide each case with substantial documentation that will be submitted to your insurance company for payment. Our chiropractic care services will provide you with the best corrective treatment to help overcome your injuries.
How can a chiropractor help?
At Coastal Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness Center of Largo and Clearwater, we offer a variety of services that help the many auto accident injury patients. Some of these services include:
- Massage Therapy