Chiropractic care can effectively treat all kinds of soft tissue injuries including strains, whiplash, and contusions. It can also relieve chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain stemming from various conditions. Because it actually addresses the underlying cause of pain instead of merely masking it, chiropractic care is a popular treatment among car accident victims.
If you sustained moderate injuries in a collision, the first healthcare provider you may want to see is your chiropractor. According to WebMD, approximately 22 million Americans see a chiropractor annually, so you would be in good company.
In order to ensure you receive compensation for all of your sessions, though, it is essential that you do a little research first. Just because you think seeing a particular provider will aid in the recovery process does not mean the insurance adjuster or jury will think so, too.
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If you were hurt in a car accident that was not your fault and you want to learn more about the various kinds of recoverable damages, contact Laborde Earles Law Firm. A Lafayette accident lawyer will gather evidence, interview witnesses, calculate your damages, and help you navigate the claims process. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Can You Recover Compensation for Chiropractic Care in a Personal Injury Claim?
In general, you can recover all costs associated with treating the injuries you incurred by filing a successful injury claim against the liable party. This includes ambulance charges, hospital expenses, prescription costs, rehabilitation fees, and future medical expenses.
Although seemingly everything related to healthcare is recoverable, that does not necessarily mean everyone is able to recover it. The size of your settlement and the damages it includes will ultimately depend on the circumstances of your case and the strength of the evidence you have gathered to justify various costs.
If you want to see a chiropractor for treatment following a car accident, you can include the expenses in your final settlement calculations as long as you can prove that the care is both reasonably necessary and appropriate for your particular injuries. You may be able to do this by providing documentation of all symptoms, as well as proof that you sought more conventional care before turning to a chiropractor and information regarding the specific treatments you received.
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If your case is especially complicated or the opposing party questions the need for chiropractic care, you may also have to bring in an expert medical witness. Since chiropractic care typically requires multiple sessions over the course of a few weeks or months, the total cost of treatment can get fairly high, which is why insurance adjusters are quick to question its validity and your need for it.
Personal injury law is complicated, and calculating damages is just one aspect of the proceedings. Fortunately, an accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm will help you navigate the claims process and avoid costly mistakes. Call 800-522-6733 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Lafayette.