Auto accidents happen every day, and they are the cause of some of the most common neck and back injuries. At Wellspring Health in Orange City, Daytona Beach, and Altamonte Springs, we want to provide the chiropractic adjustment that you need to get relief from your whiplash symptoms.
In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about injuries sustained during auto accidents to provide you with the information and resources you need. Whether you have recently been in an auto accident, or you are dealing with pain from an old injury, be sure to contact Wellspring Health in Orange City, Daytona Beach, and Altamonte Springs to schedule your chiropractic adjustment today.
1. What should I do after being in an auto accident?
If you are able to get out of your car, then you should walk to see if the other people involved are okay, or if an ambulance is needed right away. Call the police to alert them about the accident and then let them handle notifying other emergency personnel. In the meantime, take pictures of your car, the other vehicle, the location of the accident, and any traffic lights or signals that you observe. Try to take pictures from a number of different angles as these can be used later if you need to pursue a legal claim.
2. If I’m injured, who will pay for my medical treatment?
The person who is deemed responsible for the accident, or their insurance company, will be responsible for paying for the damage to your car as well as your medical treatment.
3. Do I need to see a chiropractor after my auto accident?
Regardless of the amount of pain that you may be experiencing, it is important to let a chiropractor evaluate your condition. Oftentimes, the full physical effect of an auto accident isn’t felt until several days after the incident. Given this delayed response, it is wise to let a chiropractor do a full exam to provide early detection of serious injuries to your body.
If there are issues with the alignment in your spine, then they will be able to address these and provide relief and healing for your body through a chiropractic adjustment.
4. Why don’t pain and injury symptoms show up immediately after an auto accident?
Oftentimes, the adrenaline and other hormones that are coursing through your bloodstream after an accident have a “masking” effect. These different types of hormones are designed to help you deal with the trauma of the accident, by preventing you from feeling the full impact of your injuries right away. It is for this reason that it is important to seek medical attention right away. You may think you feel perfectly fine, but this can be deceptive. Always allow emergency medical personnel on the scene to evaluate your condition, and then seek the assistance of a chiropractor as soon as possible after the auto accident.
5. What are the most common injuries associated with auto accidents?
There are a wide variety of injuries that can be sustained from an auto accident, and some of the most common are:
- Neck pain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back pain
- Lower back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Broken bones
- Bruised ribs
6. How long will I need to seek chiropractic treatment?
There is no cookie-cutter answer to this as each individual and their situation are unique. That being said, the longevity of your treatment is dependent on the severity of your injuries. Some auto accident injuries are minor and require only a few months of chiropractic adjustments to return everything to an optimal level of function.
Other victims sustain injuries that are severe and permanent, and will require treatment for the rest of their lives. At Wellspring Health in Daytona, we are happy to offer a free consultation to provide you with a better indication as to the condition of your overall health and the necessary treatments that you should pursue after an auto accident.
7. Is there anything I should avoid doing after an auto accident?
There are several things that you should be careful to avoid, including providing recorded statements, calling the police, and waiting too long to seek recovery on your claim. As we mentioned in the first question, you should always call the police after establishing that the other individuals involved in the accident are not in need of immediate medical assistance.
In Florida, the set time in which you need to sue for personal injuries stemming from an auto accident is four years. If you wait more than four years after the accident to file a claim, then you will not be able to recover anything.
The last thing that you want to avoid after an auto accident is providing recorded statements to insurance companies. The reason for this is that there is a conflict of interest between what you need and what they need. Make sure to speak with a professional who can help you through this part of the process.
At Wellspring Health in Orange City, Daytona Beach, and Altamonte Springs, we know that there is nothing easy about returning to your normal life after an auto accident. From the pain of your injuries to the stress of addressing each piece of the situation, there is a lot for you to take care of. Don’t let your pain take over, call our office in Orange City, Daytona Beach, or Altamonte Springs to schedule a chiropractic adjustment and let us provide the pain relief you need.