5 Things To Do After You Get In a Car Accident near San Marcos TX
1- First at the scene you will want to have a police report to properly document the car wreck. All too often, the at fault party assured the victim that they will play fair and then later on dodges responsibility. If there is nothing in writing at the scene then you may be left vulnerable to pay for damages to your car and your neck pain from the whiplash.
2- Contact a personal injury certified Chiropractor to be evaluated as soon as possible, regardless of your level of back pain and other symptoms or lack thereof. Often times the pain will take a few days to show up, but the sooner you are evaluated and begin chiropractic care and needed therapies the less chance you have to develop scar tissue and other common side effects of a motor vehicle accident.
3- Call your car insurance to open a claim and get a claim number. This lets the car insurance know that an accident occurred. Do not agree to a settlement to close the claim until your car damage and your chiropractic treatment are both taken completed. If you are the at-fault driver then you can still get necessary treatment covered by your car insurance. It is called personal injury protection. This benefit is there to use specifically for this purpose- getting into a car accident that was your fault. You can use these benefits without any risk of your insurance rates going up, unless you were to use these benefits on three or more occasions within the same year.
4- Decide if you need a personal injury lawyer in your case. When you seek treatment from a chiropractor that has experience in personal injury, they can usually give you a good idea if your situation would benefit from an attorney’s services or not. They may be able to refer a few good ones to you so you don’t just have to call a random law firm too.
5- Finish your treatment plan to resolve any injuries caused by the car crash. Ideally, you want to finish your treatment just as good as you were before the accident occurred. Your chiropractor should guide you through the process of getting rid of pain and restoring optimal function of your spine, muscle, ligaments and joints. Chiropractic care can help you avoid chronic issues that many people deal with after an accident: chronic pain, premature arthritis, disc bulging, numbness and tingling, scar tissue, headaches, jaw pain, shoulder pain, and many others.
Dr. Ryan Browning is a certified Chiropractor to treat whiplash and car accident victims. He attends seminars regularly to stay up to date on the newest treatments and legal issues in the personal injury world. If you have been in a car accident recently and want to know if our office can help you, feel free to call and set up a complimentary consultation to find out if we can help you. We help many throughout the San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Wimberley and Austin area.
Dr. Ryan Browning