Personal Injury

Chiropractic Care is a treatment method for Slip and Fall Injuries.

if your neck, back, or spine was injured in a car accident whiplash and you have made a personal injury claim, the insurance company of the responsible party is obligated to pay all medical costs.

When an injured victim files a personal injury claim against the liable party, the cost of the medical care and other necessary expenses is included on the plaintiff’s damage award. Seeking chiropractic treatment after an auto accident, slip and fall, HOA negligence, or in sudden impact injury is common and recommended for a fast and natural recovery.

Dr. Hess has specialized equipment for documenting “soft tissue injuries” such as strains, contusions, whiplash, and sprains. Other side effects that follow slip and fall injuries include chronic pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, fatigue, shoulder pain, insomnia, vision problems, anxiety and more. 

At Indian River Chiropractic, we provide proper slip and fall or accident diagnosis, examination and appropriate documentation for your injuries.  If this is not done properly will be detrimental to your claim. Documentation should include detailed narratives and daily reports that the Insurance case manager and Attorney need for proper resolution of your claim.  Dr. Hess also uses AMA standards to base an impairment rating used for monetary settlement value for your claim.

Personal Injury – Proving Medical Expenses After Suffering Injuries

Personal Injury Medical Bills

Typically, a losing defendant is reliable in paying all of the plaintiff’s reasonably necessary medical bills related to the accident. As part of proving his or her losses in a case, the plaintiff will submit all of the medical bills they incurred as a result of the injury.

All the same, just because the plaintiff received treatment, including chiropractic treatment, doesn’t necessarily mean the jury will infer the treatment was necessary.

Other things you should consider after a car accident

Two aspects that are very crucial in protecting and providing your injury case are:

  • Documentation of the specific symptoms, the treatment provided, and diasnosis
  • Itemized ledger for each treatment must be plainly laid out in the records and billing.

Having unclear and incomplete records, improper diagnosis,  unclear treatment plan will lead to the denial of chiropractic treatment as not “reasonably necessary or to the standard of care.”  Dr. Hess is well versed in these parameters and provides many Independent Medical Exams (IMEs) for insurance companies to examine patients and review records to justify chiropractic care.

Also, if you delay medical care for weeks or even several days after a slip and fall, it will be harder to demonstrate that your injuries were a result of a sudden injury. Quickly receiving medical treatment is not just the best thing for your health; it also strengthens your personal injury claim.

In cases that aren’t easily settled or are “challenged,” a plaintiff may need to obtain an expert to testify that the kind of medical treatment the plaintiff acquired was necessary to treat his or her injuries.  Dr. Hess has experience with expert witness testimony, as well as providing demonstrative evidence on how the injuries occurred.  This includes relating to how forces were applied to the body regions and how much injury could have been sustained.

The defendant can, in turn, also hire an expert to testify the opposite, this is typically a retired orthopedic surgeon. Even if expert witnesses are not involved in a case, it is ultimately up to the jury to conclude how much of the plaintiff’s medical expenses were “reasonably necessary.” (even though a judge can revise an award if it does not fit the evidence shown in the case.)

Sometimes medical expenses are challenged because they can get quite high, particularly if the plaintiff is receiving numerous treatments a week over several months from multiple providers. Now and then, depending on the details of your case, juries argue the efficacy of treatment; however, chiropractic expenses are not prohibited as a source of therapy and are seen as acceptable medical expenses.

Today chiropractors are better recognized in helping accident victims heal quickly, safely, and more affordable than invasive procedures and costly surgeries.

At Indian River Chiropractic we are trained in personal injury and are well versed in the intricacies of insurance claims and accident litigation and act as advocates in helping patients get fair compensation from their insurance company.

Chiropractic Expenses and Negotiations
Most personal injury claims are settled before ever going to trial. In the majority of cases medical treatment, particularly car accidents, a defendant’s insurance company will negotiate and pay the settlement or trial award.

If a plaintiff is presumed to make a full recovery but has not yet done so, the case may not be fit for settlement until Dr. Hess concludes the plaintiff has made the maximum potential recovery.  If not, Dr. Hess may provide an Impairment Rating Report (a very detailed description of how your conditions will be handled after the case is closed) which will be used to validate a settlement amount for reasonable and customary medical bills and procedures for future use.

If you settle and your treatment is not finished, you may be faced with mounting medical bills, and once you accept a settlement, you cannot go back and ask for additional compensation. The plaintiff and their attorney will need to make the judgment call as to accept a settlement that does not cover some or all of treatment or to take their chances in trial.

At Indian River Chiropractic we treat auto accidents, slip and falls, and personal injuries and focus on physical recovery. Not only are we trained in treating injuries associated with accidents, but we can also refer you to a qualified personal injury attorney that can help get you the money you deserve after suffering physical and financial loss.  We aren’t saying any attorney is better than another, because all attorneys hold the same license, but after years of experience, we know which attorney might be the best fit for your case.

We will contact the at-fault parties insurance company and handle all legal documentation relating to your accident case so you can focus on a full and fast recovery. If you have questions regarding your insurance company or how to proceed with proper coverage, give Indian River Chiropractic a call, our receptionists, and medical staff are happy to assist with any questions or concerns.

Walk-in today and get a free no-cost consultation with Dr. Hess so we can learn how to best help your injuries.  Emergencies will be seen immediately.  Our patients have all been there and are understanding of such situations.