Car Accident in Cincinnati?

Unfortunately, you were involved in an auto accident. What you do next could very well affect the rest of your life. What happens next?  Your main concern should be, “Where do I go to get better?”

Most people who are involved in a motor vehicle accident are most concerned about their automobile. 

“What am I going to do for my car?” 

“My poor car, what can be done for it?” 

“How am I going to get to work?” 

“How will I transport my kids to daycare or to school?” 

“Will the insurance company pay to have my car fixed correctly or will they try to use shortcuts?”…and so forth.

But beyond your car, which typically can be repaired to normal working order, you need to be concerned about your body.  The injury one sustains even from a “fender bender” can be significant enough to cause you pain and discomfort for years to come.

What can you expect following an accident?

1.  Following an accident your body will respond with a dose of adrenaline.  This is your body’s “fight or flight” mechanism.  This may limit the amount of pain you feel.  You may, and this is common, not feel pain at all. This doesn’t mean you’re not injured.  Some common symptoms people experience following an accident before they have pain:

- Nervousness - Tremors/Shaking

- Irritability - Fatigue

- Depression - Difficulty with Concentration

2. If you do have pain immediately following an accident, it may be one or more of the following symptoms: 

- Neck Pain - Back Pain - Headaches

- Ringing in the Ears - Pain/ Numbness in the Arms/ Hands/ Legs

Difficulty with Concentration or feeling of being in a “fog”

 

Seven Things you should know when you are involved in an auto accident*

1. People often go to the emergency room following an accident. 

But, even if you have been to the ER you should still see a physician to ensure that there are no hidden injuries.  I have seen hundreds of patients who have been injured in auto accidents and most of them go through the emergency room and are not even given an x-ray.  Most people are evaluated for any “life-threatening” injuries, given some medications to mask their symptoms, and released.
 
2. Seek treatment for your injuries. 

As stated above, even if you have been to the ER you should still seek an evaluation from a physician who is experienced in treating injuries related to motor vehicle accidents. Your provider should answer your questions thoroughly so you know what to expect.  As a chiropractic physician, I specialize in evaluating and treating auto accident injuries.  I am specifically educated and trained in helping restore your body to its proper function. This decreases the likelihood of future residual problems related to your injuries.


3. Be aware of who you are speaking to and to what you saying. 

I have heard of insurance companies (at-fault insurance company claim adjusters) calling victims following an accident and asking them how they feel.  They often tape these conversations and try to use them against you later.  This is especially true if you don’t have symptoms present at the time.  They’ll try to say, “Well they said they were fine, why did they need treatment two weeks later, something else must have caused their pain.” 


4. Be aware of what you sign. 

Make sure when you are signing something concerning your vehicle that you are not releasing your rights for future treatment and/or to any monetary settlement you may be entitled to.  Ask your attorney (if you have one) to look over any documents before you sign.
 

5. How do I pay for treatment?  

You have several choices depending on your healthcare provider.  Some people choose to make a claim for medical payments from their own car insurance company.  This does not cause your  rates to go up

Your insurance company pays for your treatment up to the stated limits of the policy and then gets reimbursed from the at-fault insurance company. 

Some providers will accept an assignment of your future settlement.  In either case, all necessary treatment will be paid in full and you do not have to pay a co-pay or deductible. 

Another option is for you to pay out of your pocket as you are treated.  In most cases providers will give you a time of service discount for this.

6. Do I need an attorney? 

The decision to seek representation does not necessarily have to be made right away.  However, having an attorney may provide you peace of mind and reduce the amount of stress that occurs due to an auto accident.  Your attorney will handle all communication between you and the insurance company. 

Your attorney will also have experience in negotiating a fair settlement for your pain, suffering, and inconvenience.  Often these cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning that your attorney doesn’t get paid unless you receive a settlement.  Most attorneys will sit down with you for a free consultation to see if you have a legitimate case.

7. Ask questions.  If you do not understand something, ask questions.

I have completed more than 36 hours (12 of them this year) in post-graduate study relating to injuries sustained from auto accidents. This is in addition to more than 300 hours of post-graduate studies I have already completed.  

I have also treated hundreds of people who sustained an injury years ago, did nothing about it, who are now dealing with chronic and debilitating conditions. Do not let yourself fall into this category.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important information.  I encourage you to contact my office if you have questions regarding the information above.

Just call (513) 575-5444 to schedule your free evaluation.

 

Yours in Health,

 Bryan F. Walther, D.C.


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