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Medical Professionals to See After a Car Accident
When we get a call from a potential client, they oftentimes are unsure where they should seek medical treatment. As an accident lawyer in Southern California we cannot tell you what doctors you must see to get treatment. However, we have a lot of resources that can help guide you in the direction you may need.
Knowing when and who to see is important. The first step is getting a diagnosis for your injuries and coming up with a treatment plan with your physician. Below, we go over medical professionals that some of our clients have gone to after suffering from serious injuries due to a car accident.
Doctors to See After an Accident
Though we cannot tell you who you can and cannot go to, we can give you a little guidance on what medical professionals you may want to reach out to after your accident. The first few days after your car accident, especially if you were seriously injured, you will likely see the following doctors right away.
Emergency Room Doctors
Not everyone goes to the emergency room after an accident. We find that most people go to the emergency room if/when the accident is very serious and people need to be taken by ambulance. Depending on the severity of the accident, the responding officer on the scene may call an ambulance to take you or anyone else to the emergency room. This is because emergency rooms are the best place to treat severe and life-threatening injuries immediately.
Urgent Care Centers
Urgent care centers are walk-in clinics that treat conditions that are serious enough to require immediate attention. However, they do not see people whose injuries are life-threatening. Some people will go to urgent care when they are unable to immediately get an appointment with their primary care physician. Most urgent care facilities are open after regular doctor’s office business hours and are open on weekends. Urgent care is only to be used when needing simple evaluations and office-based treatments. Urgent care centers cannot conduct lab tests, advanced imaging, extended stays, or immediate surgery.
Primary Care Physician
Most people will see their primary care physician at least once after their accident. However, we should inform you that they are not all equipped to treat injuries sustained due to a car accident. Therefore, they may refer you out to other medical professionals that can treat you. Since your PCP (primary care physician) knows your full medical history, they will be able to recommend the proper treatment, run necessary tests, etc. after your accident. Even if you go to the emergency room or urgent care, the accident attorneys in our office urge you to also get checked out by your PCP.
More often than not, people will go to a chiropractor after being injured in a car accident. This is because a chiropractor is trained to manipulate the body back to where it belongs. Most people are unaware that they may not be showing signs of injuries, pain, misalignment, etc. after a car accident right away. However, when you visit a chiropractor after an accident, you can get treatment right away. Chiropractors address the following:
- A chiropractor can help relieve pain due to a major accident. They work not only with your skeletal structure, but they work with joints, muscles, tendons, etc. Most of these become inflamed when they are aggravated and if left untreated for too long, scar tissue can build up. And this scar tissue can lead to other future health problems.
- One of the most common injuries due to a car accident is whiplash. Chiropractors can help alleviate aches and pains caused by scar tissue build up from your accident.
- Prevents Further Damage
- As stated above, receiving chiropractic care can reduce any further damage by helping to strengthen and stabilize the spine and neck. This is especially important when you are suffering from whiplash injuries. Chiropractic care can be beneficial in preventing further injuries when you are doing something as simple as housework after your accident.
- Helps Restore Mobility
- It is very common to be sore after your car accident. In fact, sometimes it can take days or weeks for the physical toll of the accident to be present. Chiropractors will be able to help you restore some of that mobility so you can get back to living your normal life.
Accident Attorney | Why Medical Treatment is Necessary
Though we cannot tell you who to see, we can offer suggestions. And every accident attorney in our office will tell you that there are many choices. Furthermore, there are also many reasons why treatment is necessary after your accident.
Not only is medical treatment necessary for showing the insurance companies that you have suffered from serious injuries. It is also necessary to help you heal. We have seen people skip treatment or stop treatment too soon. And we cannot tell you how much of a mistake this is. Getting the proper medical treatment and completing your treatment is not only beneficial to your car accident case, but it is beneficial to your health.
As accident attorneys, we have seen many injured people being taken advantage of by lawyers. They will settle their client’s cases without consulting them and even without them finishing treatment. However, here at Silverthorne Attorneys, we make sure you are getting the treatment you need in order to get your life back together.
It has been our practice to wait until your doctor signs off on you completing your treatment for us to send a demand for settlement. This is because we will not know the extent of your medical bills until you complete your treatment. Furthermore, it is our goal to get you the compensation you deserve so you do not have to worry about paying your medical bills.
If you have been injured in a car accident and are in need of an accident attorney, contact us today.
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