What to do after an auto accident?
If you were recently involved in an auto accident, you are probably very confused and frustrated right now. You undoubtedly have many questions and perhaps you do not even know who to ask or where to get answers. Car accidents are a pain in more ways than one. Car repairs, transportation problems, injuries, doctor appointments, medications, insurance adjusters, time off of work, financial difficulties, attorneys, and yet you have a life to live. Because of the life changing issues that can arise after an accident such as long term health problems, I strongly suggest that you read this guide from start to finish. This report was specifically written to give you straight answers to common questions and clear away some of the confusion. We have topics that address all areas related to car accidents such as:
- Health (long/short term injuries, which doctor to see, should i even see a doctor)
- Costs (how much does everything related cost, what is covered? what can I get?)
- Attorneys (Do I need one? Cost?)
- Insurance (What’s covered, health? repairs ?)
- General Information (What to do, whats usually covered, where to get help, etc)
Settling prematurely can be a Gigantic Mistake! Please do not let this happen to you!
If you do, you may develop pain, headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, and other bizarre and disabling problems months or years down the road.
“NOTHING is more important than your health!”
Here’s where the problems begin…
Most people who are involved in an auto accident have one thing on their mind: Their Automobile!
Common questions include:
- “Who is going to fix my car?”
- “What will I drive in the meantime?”
- “Will my insurance rates go up?”
- “Who is going to pay for it!?”
Did you notice that most of the concerns are centered around the car? Usually the last thing on your mind is… “Am I alright?”
“Are you Alright?”
You may have noticed that ever since the accident you may not have been feeling your normal self. You may be experiencing obvious pains and symptoms like headaches, neck pain, low back pain, muscle stiffness, blurred vision, difficulty sleeping, memory loss, confusion, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and many other problems. Auto accidents can cause Post Traumatic Degenerative Osteoarthritis. Arthritis can ruin your posture, cause the discs in your spine to decay, and lead to the inability to move properly. When this happens, simple tasks like turning your head becomes much more difficult and painful.
Or, you may feel completely fine. But symptoms like headaches, neck pain, low back pain and soreness may not show up for days, weeks or possibly months after the accident. Additionally, most auto accidents sufferers are unaware of the long term damaging effects of these injuries. So they release the insurance company from liability by settling before getting their injuries checked out.
Only years later when symptoms start to magnify, do they start to wonder where it came from. Out of sight–out of mind, is usually how most people treat their health, but slow, long term, seemingly symptom-less damage is always taken the most for granted.
So how are these injuries detected?
First, a very detailed history is obtained. Then a doctor trained in diagnosing and treating auto accident injuries can perform orthopedic, neurological, chiropractic, as well as other functional tests that assess soft tissues and or skeletal damage. Special diagnostic equipment can measure muscle strength, range of motion, and nerve function.
Specific x-rays can be taken and analyzed using examination techniques that are designed to find out if there has been any soft tissue injury or damage to your spine.
The whole process can take 1-2 hours.
If an emergency room doctor or your own medical doctor only briefly looked at you, told you that you had “whiplash,” gave you medication and released you saying “you’ll be fine in a few weeks” perhaps you may want to get a second opinion.
To my new MVA patients
Wouldn’t you rather trust your care to a doctor who emphasizes treating your automobile injuries and wants to get you feeling better and out of pain?
I believe that every motor vehicle accident victim should at least be examined for possible soft tissue injuries. Your Health is just too important!
Perhaps some of you are the types of people who get hurt but say that you really are not hurt. Maybe so… But you should at least be evaluated. If you are not really hurt, then you can be released from care. But if you are hurt, wouldn’t you really want to know and get it all taken care of?
I have helped a lot of auto accident sufferers restore their health. I hope I can help you as well.
Yours in Good Health,
Dr. Cara Olsen