SHOULD I GO TO THE CHIROPRACTOR AFTER BEING INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT?
Our lawyers are frequently asked by clients if they should get chiropractic treatment after an auto accident or other type of injury accident. As a general rule, we do not recommend any particular treatment or specific doctors to our clients. There are two reasons why we don’t direct our clients’ medical care: 1. We are lawyers, not doctors, and 2. We want to avoid any appearance that the personal injury lawyers are working with the doctors to build the client’s case.
In general, however, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding if you should treat with a chiropractor after a car accident or other type of injury accident. First, our lawyers have seen many clients who were helped by chiropractors and experienced significant pain relief after an accident. At the same time, however, many auto insurance companies and other insurers are suspicious and hostile to chiropractic treatment, so they may resist paying the chiropractic bill. For this reason, we usually recommend to clients who are seeing a chiropractor that they reevaluate their chiropractic treatment after a few months – if they are getting better and it looks like the chiropractor will solve the problem, they should continue and finish the treatment. However, if the injury does not look to be healing and they are only getting temporary relief of symptoms after each chiropractic appointment, they should consider looking into other types of treatment.
Our personal injury lawyers have represented many people injured in a MN car accident who treat with a chiropractor. No-Fault insurance is supposed to pay for chiropractic bills, and if the insurance company refuses, we are often successful in forcing the insurance company to pay through the arbitration process. However, many no-fault arbitrators also limit the amount of chiropractic care they will find reasonable so, again, this is something you will want to keep evaluating as you get ongoing treatment with the chiropractor after an accident. Another consideration is that your automobile no-fault benefits are usually limited to $20,000, so if you do not have health insurance you will want to monitor how much of the auto PIP auto medical insurance is being used with the chiropractor because you may want to have other types of treatment later.
If you are injured in a car accident, or other type of accident in Minnesota, you are welcome to call our office and speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. You will talk with an experienced attorney and we will answer your questions about chiropractic bills, insurance, and any other issues you have. You can meet with one of our lawyers at our offices in Minneapolis, Woodbury, Edina, or St. Louis Park. A personal injury lawyer will also come to your house to discuss your accident case in cities throughout MN.