Using a Chiropractor in a Personal Injury Claim

Traffic cameras can be faulty, non-existent, or pointed in the wrong direction. Bystanders and witnesses may or may not stick around to make a statement — and there may be no witnesses at all! But when it comes to an automobile accident that results in personal injury, the human body remembers almost everything.

Aches and pains, problems with mobility, and issues with neck rotation and overall posture, are just some of the negative effects that the human body can sustain. The issue is, how do you prove your client was injured in front of a judge and jury? That’s where chiropractic can help.

Many injuries have physical, visible evidence: such as bruises, broken bones, scratches, and cuts. A simple photograph can prove these injuries occurred and present them to the judge in your case. But what if the injuries aren’t so visible? Whiplash and soft tissue injuries, as well as misalignment of the spine and neck, are all things that a chiropractor can both identify and treat.

Along with enhancing mobility and decreasing your pain after a personal injury, a chiropractor can help keep documentation of the treatment your client receives for the injury. When your client goes to file a claim, they will include the records of these appointments and any notes made by their chiropractor. This documentation, along with the expenses paid for the chiropractic treatment, can help support the injury claim as well as get financial reimbursement for the appointments.

It’s recommended that your client starts seeking chiropractic care right away after incurring a personal injury. If they experience whiplash or another neck or spine injury, their body is out of alignment and will have mobility issues. When the human body gets out of alignment and stays that way, ligaments and muscles re-form around the new spinal structure—even though it’s incorrect. This results in muscle tightness and pain. The longer one’s body stays in this position, the more stubborn it will be when the chiropractor tries to adjust it back to a healthy state.

Advise your client to find a chiropractor and start receiving adjustments right after the crash, so they can address the issue before it worsens. For this reason, it’s recommended that you see a chiropractor before they start experiencing pain — pain is usually presented after the misalignment has occurred. Chiropractic adjustments can be used preventatively and as a maintenance tool, on top of being used to treat acute pain and misalignment.

If your client has been in a car accident and think they might have experienced whiplash, schedule an appointment with a local chiropractor. Advise your client to inform their chiropractor of the accident, which parts of their body were impacted, and if they’re experiencing any particular pain or discomfort. Chiropractors are no strangers to auto accidents, so they will have a procedure in place to treat or prevent additional damage from whiplash or other impact injuries that your client might have incurred. And don’t forget – have your client send you those receipts!