What to expect
INITIAL EVALUATION – figuring out what is wrong
First, understand you will receive a FREE evaluation to determine your state of injury. During
your initial evaluation, you will want to be prepared to tell the doctor about any injuries you may
have and how they occurred. You will also want to discuss any past medical procedures and
your current health condition. It helps to have thought this through before, even to write it down
so you have specifics and won’t forget. You will be given a thorough examination to diagnose
the specific cause of your pain.
In order to determine any areas of restricted movement our doctors will look at how you walk as
well as your overall posture and spinal alignment – the idea is to understand your body’s
mechanics. In addition to the physical exam, you may also take an x-ray or an MRI to help
diagnose the exact cause of your pain.
FIRST CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT – treating the pain
During your first adjustment, the chiropractor will place you in a specific position in order to treat
the affected areas. You are often positioned lying face down on a specially designed
chiropractic table to assist with the adjustment. The chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply
a controlled force to a joint by pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear a
cracking or popping sound while your chiropractor moves your joints during treatment. Don’t
worry! This is just the release of gas from the joint and is nothing to be concerned about.
AFTER YOUR FIRST CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
Many patients will feel some effect of the chiropractic adjustment immediately as it may be the
first time in years that normal nerve energy is able to reach certain areas of the body. Some
people say they feel more relaxed, limber or energetic directly following the adjustment. For
some people, they report feeling relief from their pain symptoms.
Although many of the immediate changes feel great, you may also feel minor discomfort, such
as slight soreness in the area that was adjusted. Some soreness is expected and is usually
quite mild and temporary – think of it like feeling sore after working out to get your body to heal
faster. Consult your doctor if you have specific questions on this.
Bear in mind that the full healing of the body will take time and multiple visits. It is a process,
not an immediate event.
Maximizing the Settlement Value of an Injury Claim The Right Way.
Both the nature and duration of the medical treatment you receive will play a large role in how
the insurance company values your claim.
A key component of most injury cases is “medical special damages,” which is just a fancy way
of saying the amount of your medical bills while having your injuries diagnosed and treated. This
is all part of the formula that insurance adjusters use to figure out how much you should be paid.
There are a number of key factors in the formula, especially the type of medical treatment you
receive, and the kind of medical providers from whom you give you treatment.
Types of Medical Treatment:
According to insurance adjusters, the type and amount of time of a medical service can affect
how insurance companies treat it. Also, the type of medical personell or facility providing the
service can have a big impact.
Before you can be treated for an injury, medical personnel have to diagnose it. In
many cases, the diagnostic process is relatively quick, and the charge for it amounts to a small
part of your medical bills, as compared with the cost of treatment. In such cases, insurance
companies do not usually bother to make any distinction between diagnosis and treatment.
They lump all your medical bills together into one medical specials amount.
There are times that doctors will put a person through many tests and examinations, simply
trying to diagnose what is wrong, and running up large medical bills in the process. If most of
the medical bills are for diagnosis only, and the injury winds up requiring little treatment, an
insurance adjuster might feel the bills don’t reflect the actual treatment. Consequently, the
adjuster might offer to pay out less for the damages. This is why it is important to work with
specialists like Georgia Injury Centers to get diagnosed – we see thousands of cases, and are
normally able to diagnose very quickly.
In accidental injury claims, physical therapy is a common treatment, yet it is
generally considered to be lower in the pecking order than other kinds of medical treatment. If
you receive a few weeks of physical therapy prescribed, an insurance adjuster may be fine with
it and compensate you for it completely. But if you have physical therapy for months and the
therapy accounts for the largest part of your medical bills by far, the insurance adjuster is likely
to compensate far less for it.
Also, where you receive physical therapy may affect how the insurance company views it. If you
receive the actual treatment outside the doctor’s office, the insurance adjuster might discount
the physical therapy bills by a lot. The insurance companies believe that when left to their own
devices, physical therapists tend to treat patients in excess of what is necessary. And if you
seek physical therapy independently, without it having been recommended or prescribed by
your physician, an insurance adjuster may not even compensate you for it at all. This is why it is
important to work with specialists like Georgia Injury Centers to get treatment.
Duration of Treatment:
Many lawyers argue that if an injury receives a long period of medical
treatment, the injury requires a long period to heal, and that means a higher degree of pain and
suffering. So, if you undergo a long period of treatment, you can argue to an insurance adjuster
that the long treatment was evidence of the seriousness of the injury.
That said, most insurance adjusters are suspicious of physical therapists and chiropractors,
believing that they often give treatment longer than necessary to keep their money rolling in. So,
if you have had a long period of physical therapy or chiropractic treatments, an insurance
adjuster is less likely to consider that as good evidence of the seriousness of your injury than if
you had received a long period of treatment from a physician or medical clinic. This is why it is
important to work with well-respected experts like Georgia Injury Centers: not only can we find
the most efficient and effective ways to treat your injuries, we also are trusted by the insurance
adjusters to not over charge or over-treat patients.
If you want your case handled the right way, and to begin treating pain today, call us NOW: 1800 487 8911