I'm Not Feeling Well, What
Do I Do After I've Been in a Car Accident ?
Step 1: If you are injured at all, you should be evaluated. Many
times, you may not feel very hurt initially, but then later, you do.
Getting treatment as soon as possible, even the day it happens, can speed your
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appointments are available.
If you wait too long, and you are genuinely hurt, you may be giving up some
of your ability to obtain treatment. One may argue that if you are really
hurt, you would get treatment, because you NEED it, and wouldn't waste any time.
Cost and other considerations are explained below, but we would be happy to
answer any questions in person. The longer you wait, the longer one could
argue that your
could be from some other cause, which is why any injuries must be documented as soon as possible.
Step 2: Do you need a Chiropractor?
If you don't know already, we
are specifically trained in treating injuries, and we have a great success rate
for recovery. Not all chiropractors are the same, and our office has
handled many car accident injuries. If you need a referral to an MD, an
MRI, x-rays, or specialists, I can facilitate that process, don't hesitate to
call us first. You don't always need a referral from your doctor for
Chiropractic care facilitates the healing process by maximizing range of
motion, improving symptoms, and restoring function as quickly as possible.
For questions about chiropractic, see our
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This is not to be substituted for
legal advice, but these are guidelines that I have come to use after being the
supervising doctor in many cases with many different attorneys. Please
consult with an
attorney if you have legal questions.
These guidelines are typical for
patients who have been in car accidents and are hurt or injured (even a
little) with or without an attorney. In most cases, you should have
your injuries evaluated, and I offer a
Free Consultation, so there is
minimal risk (other than your time).
Insurance companies are thinking
about your case as a business decision. Many insurance companies use a strategy called the "3D's"
Deny (liability and
Defend (go to
For more information, here is the
California Bar Association link and what they say about car accidents.
The California Bar Associations Pamphlet,
"What Should I Do if I Have An Auto Accident?"
Here are some good ideas to
1. FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR'S
ADVICE. You should at least have an
evaluation for documentation
purposes if you have any injuries. Some may seem insignificant, at first,
but then, may worsen. Only by following your doctor's advice can you hope to hasten
your recovery from your injuries. All your complaints following your accident
should be reported to your doctor for his evaluation. KEEP ALL
APPOINTMENTS ON A REGULAR BASIS. If for any reason you cannot keep your
doctor appointments regularly. If you notice any new symptoms that you
feel may be related to the accident, notify your doctor immediately, even if you
are not sure if they are related. If you have a gap
in care, please fill out our form documenting why you have a gap in care.
All gaps should be explained.
ALL OF YOUR DOCUMENTS:
If you are not sure if we need it, ask us. All of your bills related to
the case should be kept in this folder. We're here to help.
IF YOU HAVE ONE, KEEP YOUR ATTORNEY UP TO DATE. Inform them of any
changes of your information.
4. BILLS: Keep a record of all expenses connected with your
case. Save bills and receipts for doctors, prescriptions, ambulances, hospitals,
appliances, repair estimates and any other bills connected with your injuries.
5. HEALTH INSURANCE. If you have health insurance of any kind,
be sure to consult with our office so they can assist you in submitting all
medical bills to your health insurance company for payment, if necessary.
We will verify it for you, and we know what to ask for. We are on a lot of
plans (about 800+).
6. NOTIFY YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY IF YOU BECOME
INVOLVED IN ANOTHER ACCIDENT.
is here to facilitate your recovery, guidance of your care and give you health
information. Our objectives are to serve you properly and to obtain the best
possible results for you. We will work with you (and your attorney) to do
everything in our power to handle your recovery in a manner that will
justify the confidence that you have placed in our office.
How do you know if you need
an attorney?Ask one.
In most cases, I recommend that
you should at least consult with an attorney. I do not
recommend just going on the internet, or picking a name out
of a phone book for an attorney. If you know someone
who has had a good experience with their attorney, ask them
for a reference, if you don't know any attorneys, I can help
you pick one also. Most that
I know will consult with you for free. Most attorneys take car accident cases on contingency,
there may be instances where they may charge a retainer, etc. I can refer you to
several attorneys if you need counsel.
Disclaimer: If you have any
questions, please call. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ll answer
your questions as best as I can. This is not to be construed as legal advice,
as most of what I have written is based on experience.
over the years met a
variety of attorneys that we have had good experiences with. We don't
recommend just pulling
someone out of the phone book, just like with most things, use someone you trust, or
someone that you trust knows, and has
used before and would recommend.
We're here to help (562) 943-4132
or (562) 694-BACK (2225)
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low property damage, but you are hurt, an attorney may not
take your case. Here is a do-it-yourself (DIY) way to
recover some of your losses.
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