What You Should Do in the Case of a Car Accident Injury
If you, a family member, or a friend ever suffers from car accident injuries, it is important to do the following to help:
Make sure that everyone who was in the car accident has the assistance they need. This means calling the police as soon as possible so that an ambulance can be dispatched if needed. Offer any assistance to the injured you are able to give. Do not try to move anyone who may have sustained neck injuries from the automobile crash. Without prompt medical attention, some injuries will get worse and could even be permanent.
Make sure that all drivers involved exchange information including:
- Passenger Names
- License Plate Numbers
- Insurance Information
- Vehicle Makes and Model
Also make sure to obtain the names and phone numbers of any witnesses present. Get a copy of the police report. Make sure you take photos of the damage to your car, even if that means going to the place where your car was towed and is being held. It is also helpful if you take photos of any other automobiles involved in the crash as proof or documentation at a later time.
Do not sign any legal papers, even from the insurance company (your’s or the other driver’s), if you don’t understand their meaning.
Oftentimes, legal questions can be answered by an attorney at no cost to you, and if there is any trouble with your claim and/or recovery, an attorney can be a valuable asset. Woodstock Chiropractic Clinic can give referrals for attorneys you can trust.
You may need to complete an Oregon accident and insurance report if you are in an accident. You can click HERE to download the form. Bring this form to your attorney if you have any questions.
Call the Woodstock Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule an examination for all individuals involved in the accident. Since we specialize in traumatic injuries and specifically, those caused by auto collisions, we can provide natural treatment to help you heal from your injuries. We can also assist you with insurance paperwork and answer any questions you may have regarding your policy rights under personal injury protection coverage (your auto insurance).
Why do I need a chiropractic physician who specializes in auto collision injuries?
We take the time to evaluate each individual involved in the car accident and we are aware of the many factors which affect your risk for injuries, including but not limited to:
- 1The type of collision (rear-end, front-end, side impact, others)
- 2The vehicles involved (SUV, small car, others)
- 3The gender / age / size / and positioning of individual involved in the collision (child, adult, elderly, tall or short stature)
- 4The previous health of occupants involved
- 5The difficulties with home or work duties while injured
Symptoms do not always occur immediately after a car crash. They can take weeks to develop before you feel anything abnormal. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome has been documented to be felt in individuals (typically the driver) several weeks after an auto collision. Disc injuries can also take weeks to progress in pathology and thereby result in increasing symptomology such as pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in your arms or legs.
We are always willing to answer any questions you have about chiropractic care. Come visit our office, call us, or send an e-mail if you have any questions.