Post-Accident Care in Englewood

Chiropractic Care After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Woman with sore backWhen I was flying back to the Punta Gorda airport memorial day I started talking to the young lady sitting beside me. She said that she was a surgical technician at Lee Memorial Hospital. I asked her what she thought of the hospital as I live in Englewood and try to use Sarasota Memorial Hospital or Venice for my hospital needs she gave me an answer I didn’t expect.

She was involved in a car accident and went to the hospital’s E.R. where she works to get diagnosed and treated. The accident had torn a ligament in her knee. requiring surgery at a later date. The bills from the E.R. were outrageous. It sounded like the E.R. bills were so high that it sucked out all of her car accident insurance and the insurance of the person who hit her. I told her they could have given you their opinion as to which treatment setting is the best for her that lawyers in Lee County have told me the Lee Memorial Hospital system have found a loop hole in state law that pretty much allows them to charge incredible fees and they do not have to negotiate them down at a later time. Private hospitals do have to negotiate them down.

She asked me what else could she have done. I thought about it for a minute and said you could go to an acute care clinic or a family physician that is also boarded in emergency room medicine or if you went to a chiropractor they could give you their opinion for the best place to go. For broken bones etc. I would go immediately to the hospital. If a patient had minor injuries I would consider a less expensive setting. Everybody should be examined by a doctor immediately after a car accident but maybe the Lee Memorial Hospital system right now is not the best overall choice for everybody in a car accident to to get checked out at.

Post-Accident Care

In 1971, Florida became the second state in the nation to adopt a statewide policy concerning no-fault insurance, also known as personal injury protection (PIP). In the event of a motor vehicle accident, PIP covers necessary medical, surgical, funeral and disability expenses for injured drivers, passengers and pedestrians, regardless of who was at fault. Florida requires drivers to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection.

Under law, if you were not seen at the accident site by a paramedic or at a hospital emergency department, you have 14 days from the date of your accident to see a physician or chiropractor. If you do not do this within 14 days, you will lose the personal injury insurance for the accident in question.

For patients who have been in a motor vehicle accident, Plummer Chiropractic and Accident Center can help you get on the road to recovery TODAY! Professionals start with an evaluation of your injuries to determine the best course of treatment. If necessary, you will be seen by a medical physician in his office who is board-certified and an independent chiropractor also certified in physical therapy.

We also treat chronic and acute conditions. If you are suffering from pain in your spine or joints, traditional chiropractic care could be the right choice for you! Give our office a call to find out how you can benefit from chiropractic care. CALL (941) 460-0287.

Man holding neck in car

Almost all of my patients are treated on their first visit. I pride myself on getting people in and out the door while giving them high quality care. I hate waiting too. We have a “no waiting guarantee” If you wait for more than 15 minutes your visit is free.

If you were in a car accident we take all the Florida insurances and work with most attorneys. Remember you have 14 days to see a doctor from the time of the accident. Yes we take Medicare, Blue Cross Blue shield, Humana and private pay patients.

We do make house calls when necessary for private pay patients.

Have you already gone to the emergency room after a motor vehicle accident? If this is the case and you still need follow-up care, we can help you.

If the emergency room bill is so high that you can’t seek any further treatment, you can visit our office and we will work with you to have your bills reduced through negotiation…all while we get you the treatment needed to reduce your pain whether you’re the at fault driver or not.

Many resources have shown that hospitals have begun to charge many people 40 times more than the normal rate for many procedures. For a procedure that would normally cost $400, some emergency rooms have charged over $16,000.

What does this mean for you?

After an accident, due to the excessive billing of emergency rooms, this may devour all of your insurance coverage, leaving you with little or no coverage at all for further treatment.

We offer a solution! When you call us we can refer you to lawyers who can negotiate bills. In many instances, the hospital will lessen the charges to under $1,000. If the insurance company has already paid the hospital, we can refer lawyers to you who have gotten patients reimbursed for the hospital’s excessive billing practices. Due to this, patients are able to get the needed follow up care with chiropractors and medical doctors.

Take Action

If you have been to an emergency room and you do not know what your charges are yet, please visit one of our offices or call us immediately so we can audit your charges before the insurance company pays your claim. If you have not been to any doctor since your accident and are in pain please come in for an injury evaluation. Call our office to learn more!

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