Back pain ails her each day, while nightmares of the incident keep her up all night. Jennifer had never been in a car accident before and didn’t know what to do in the event of one. Thanks to the state of Oregon, her needed treatments were covered completely.
An automobile accident can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through. They often cause physical injuries as well as emotional trauma for the individuals involved in them. Knowing what to do ahead of time, takes away a lot of the stress if you are ever involved in one. If you have been in a recent car accident, you should be seen for a complete evaluation even if you don’t think that you are hurt.
Even Slow-Speed Collisions Can Cause Injuries
In fast-speed car accidents, the injuries of those involved and damage to the vehicles are typically quite noticeable immediately. This isn’t always the case with slow-speed car accidents, though. Contrary to popular belief, injuries can occur in virtually any car crash. Many times the people involved believe that they are fine at the moment, but this is often due to the adrenaline that they are experiencing as a result of the trauma. In fact, according to the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, injuries can occur at speeds as low as six miles per hour! A low-speed collision may not cause excessive damage to your vehicle, while the injuries sustained by your body do not always correlate.
The Key To Recovery Is Prompt Treatment
Seeking an evaluation immediately is vital, even if you think you are fine at the moment! Neglecting the effects of automobile collisions can result in long-lasting pain, dysfunction, and decreased enjoyment of life’s normal daily activities. Getting prompt treatment after the accident will promote recovery and prevent any soft tissue damage from worsening. Our treatments for automobile accidents are designed to…
- Alleviate your pain.
- Maximize your body’s healing ability.
- Relieve your stress and allow your body to relax as you recover.
- Address spinal and extremity joint injuries or issues that are created as a result of the accident.
- Improve neurological function, blood circulation, soft tissue function, and promote healing and rehabilitation of injured areas.
- All of these will also ultimately increase the rate of healing and decrease recovery time for the patient as well.
At Straight Up Chiropractic, we have the capacity to create individual treatment plans based off of each patient’s specific needs. Between Dr. Halsy Carter and our in-house massage therapist, we can treat almost any muscular or skeletal injuries a car accident victim may sustain.
Always Remember That Oregon Laws Are On Your Side
Under Oregon Personal Injury Protection (PIP) laws, you are entitled to up to $15,000, as well as up to two years of treatment! These covered treatments include chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, and even exercise/activity counseling. The best part is that insurance covers anyone involved in the accident—the driver, passengers, bicyclists, and also pedestrians. There is absolutely no co-pay and no prescription for treatment from a medical doctor is needed. This is because Oregon is a “no-fault” state, meaning you are covered even if the accident is deemed your fault. So fears of coverage should never be the determining factor in deciding not to seek treatment after a car crash.
Personal Injury Claims Are Easy To Open With Insurance
Right after the accident you need to file an insurance claim! Call your insurance to get an adjuster and claim number. Once you have done this, you should seek treatment immediately. This is an important part of ensuring that you don’t pay for out of pocket for your medical examination and any needed treatments! We understand that this doesn’t make a lot of sense if you weren’t at fault for the accident, but this is the way that it works in Oregon. Your insurance pays the claims until the treatment is complete, then they bill the at-fault insurance for all of the expenses. When you come for your examination, bring the name of the adjuster, their number, and your claim number. That way we can ensure that your insurance covers the bill, so you don’t have to.
Auto accidents can be a shocking and chaotic experience for those involved. That’s why it’s important to know what to do in case you are ever involved in one. At Straight Up Chiropractic, we believe that part of our job as your chiropractic care providers is to help inform patients of what to do in these situations. For more information on what to do in case you are in a car accident or to schedule a post-accident examination, feel free to contact us today.