Do Car Accident Settlements Cover Chiropractic Treatment?
Many car accidents result in back and neck injuries or nerve damage. If you do not receive treatment for a back or neck injury, you may suffer long term pain and discomfort. Seeing a chiropractor after your accident is one way to avoid long term complications from injuries.
If a negligent driver caused your car accident, you may be able to receive compensation from them or their insurance company. This compensation can cover the costs of seeing a chiropractor.
There are some things you should know about compensation for chiropractor costs and your car accident claim.
When Should I See a Chiropractor?
Even if you do not experience immediate pain, it is a good idea to see a doctor after your accident. You should seek medical attention after a car accident whether or not you think you are injured. Some injuries are not apparent right away. You may start to feel pain or discomfort hours or even days after the accident occurs.
Seeing a doctor can help you identify and treat injuries before they become worse. If your doctor recommends chiropractic treatment, you should see a chiropractor. Chiropractors can help you heal and rehabilitate after a back or neck injury.
You should listen to your doctor and chiropractor and continue to receive chiropractic treatment for as long as they recommend. Your chiropractor can also help you document your injuries and your recovery process, which can be helpful supporting evidence for a personal injury lawsuit.
Will a Settlement Cover My Chiropractic Treatment?
A car accident plaintiff who proves that the other party’s negligence caused their injuries is entitled to compensation for reasonably necessary medical expenses. Courts consider chiropractic treatment a medical expense.
This means that your personal injury settlement can cover your chiropractic treatment as long as the treatment was reasonably necessary. Your attorney can produce carefully documented treatment records to prove to a jury that the treatment was necessary.
While some people are skeptical about whether chiropractic treatment is effective, this will not prevent you from receiving damages that include the cost of your treatment.
The main obstacle to receiving compensation for your chiropractic expenses will be establishing that all of the treatment you received was needed to treat your injuries.
Negotiating with Insurance Agents
You We will likely have to negotiate a settlement with the responsible driver’s insurance company. Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements and do not get in front of a jury. The responsible driver’s insurance company may try to offer you a settlement amount that does not cover the full cost of your chiropractic bills.
This is where hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can greatly benefit you. Your personal injury lawyer will know how a jury is likely to decide your car accident claim. They can use this information as leverage to negotiate a higher settlement with the insurance agent.
If you have a strong claim and evidence showing that all your chiropractic expenses were necessary, you have a better chance of convincing an insurance agent to pay your full chiropractic costs through a settlement.
How Can We Help with Your Case?
If you or a loved one saw a chiropractor after your accident, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can help you get the compensation you deserve. With over 30 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury claims, our attorneys will know how to handle insurance agents who are reluctant to give you a fair settlement.
Our attorneys can gather medical records and support for your claim to establish that you should recover the full cost of your chiropractic expenses. We will advocate passionately for you and make your case a top priority.
Get Your Accident Questions Answered
Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk with all of your car accident questions. Our experienced attorneys and staff are ready to listen to the details of your personal injury claim and discuss next steps.
Call us today to start the process to pursue the compensation for your post-accident chiropractic expenses.