Can I Recover Compensation For Chiropractic Treatment After a Maryland Car Crash?

Posted on behalf of Peter T. Nicholl in Car Accidents Published on July 20, 2023 and updated on August 13, 2023.

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Some car crash injuries may benefit from chiropractic treatment. For example, injuries like whiplash or those affecting the neck or spinal cord. The question is: can I go to a chiropractor after a car accident and include the cost of my treatment in my insurance claim or lawsuit?

Below, the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl discusses post-crash chiropractic treatment and how to include this treatment in a claim for damages. If you have questions about seeing a chiropractor after getting injured in a Maryland auto accident, give us a call today. Our Maryland vehicle accident lawyers have been helping victims of many types of car crashes for decades, winning millions for their damages.

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Should You See a Chiropractor After a Maryland Auto Accident?

One of the most important steps to take after a car crash is to go to the hospital. This way, your injuries can be diagnosed and stabilized. This best practice applies even if you are unsure about the seriousness of your injuries.

Once your injuries are stabilized, the treating doctor may recommend going to a chiropractor. If the doctor does recommend seeing a chiropractor, you should go as soon as possible.

If you wait more than two or three days to see the chiropractor, your injuries could get much worse. Additionally, you are giving the insurance company a reason to question the connection between your injuries and the crash.

If the doctor who first treats your injury does not recommend seeing a chiropractor, but you disagree with this assessment, you have the right to seek out a second opinion.

However, it is often best to call an experienced lawyer to discuss your options. The attorneys at our firm can help you find the treatment you need, which might include chiropractic care.

What Are the Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor?

There are many benefits to seeing a chiropractor after a Maryland car accident, including:

  • Reducing pain – When chiropractors adjust your spine, you may experience significant pain relief.
  • Reducing inflammation – One of the most damaging effects of an injury is inflammation, which can damage your soft tissues and make it harder to heal. Inflammation can cause more stiffness, which affects your mobility.
  • Increase range of motion – By reducing inflammation, chiropractors help to increase your range of motion. For example, you might regain mobility in your neck. Adjusting your spine puts joints back where they are supposed to be, which allows them to move as they should.
  • Breaking up scar tissue – Scar tissue naturally develops after some injuries. Scar tissue forms to help muscles or tendons heal. Chiropractors know how to break up scar tissue, which may promote faster healing.

Chiropractic treatment may allow you to avoid more invasive treatment, such as surgery, which comes with various risks.

What Types of Injuries Can Chiropractors Treat?

Chiropractors can provide treatment for injuries to your spinal cord and the soft tissues (ligaments, muscles, etc.) in your neck and back.

One of the most common car crash injuries that chiropractors treat is whiplash. This is a neck injury that results from your head and neck whipping forward and backward during a crash. It is vital to get immediate treatment and continue that treatment, otherwise, you run the risk of long-term pain.

Chiropractors can provide treatment that may help relieve the following symptoms of whiplash:

  • Dizziness
  • Burning sensations
  • Tingling sensations
  • Arm, back or shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision

These symptoms can take a psychological toll, leading to depression and other mental health issues. If chiropractors can help relieve these symptoms, those mental health challenges may become easier to handle.

People also turn to chiropractors to treat joint pain, migraines and brain injuries that may be linked to spinal cord damage.

What Are the Two Types of Chiropractors?

There are wellness chiropractors and musculoskeletal chiropractors. Crash victims typically see musculoskeletal chiropractors. These professionals work to relieve your symptoms and reduce pain. These professionals often treat back pain, spinal cord damage, neck pain and pain in your joints.

A wellness chiropractor is focused on treating nerve interference that could be affecting your spinal cord.

What Are the Types of Therapies Chiropractors Can Provide?

Chiropractors have numerous treatments in their arsenal that could help to relieve your pain and other symptoms from your car crash injury. Some of these treatments include:

  • Spinal adjustment
  • Spinal traction
  • Muscle stimulation
  • Flexion distraction
  • Soft-tissue therapy
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation
  • Spinal mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Cervical spine manipulation
  • Therapeutic exercise and stretching
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Posture correction
  • And more

Typically, chiropractors will do diagnostic tests in your initial appointment. They will also take a complete medical history to help them design a custom treatment plan. Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments and keep the chiropractor informed about how the treatment is working and any new symptoms you notice.

Can I Include Chiropractor Appointments in My Claim?

If chiropractic care is necessary to treat your injury, especially if it was recommended by a doctor, you can probably include it in your claim for compensation.

You should discuss this issue with an experienced attorney. He or she can help determine what treatments are covered and which ones might not be covered. While you can get treatment that is not covered, it is important to understand you will not be reimbursed if your attorney secures a settlement.

Your lawyer may be able to obtain compensation for ongoing care after your claim ends. However, you are going to need strong evidence of your need for treatment. This is something our experienced lawyers know how to obtain.

Contact Us to Learn More About Your Legal Options

If you think you could benefit from seeing a chiropractor, but are unsure if this will hurt your claim, contact our firm for assistance. We have been working with victims of crashes for many years, securing millions for medical costs, lost wages and other damages.

We take cases on contingency, which means we are not paid unless you get paid. There are no upfront fees for taking your case and no fees while we work on your case.

Schedule your free initial legal consultation to learn more: 410-297-0271.