Seek Medical Care
This may seem obvious but I find many people do not seek medical care quickly after a car accident. Feel fine now? It is still a good idea to get checked out following a car accident as symptoms can take hours, or even days to show up. Therefore, do not wait to go see a specialist after a car accident, even if you feel you have no injuries, you should visit a health care provider as soon as possible to be evaluated. I understand times following a car accident can be stressful and sometimes we put our own health on the back burner. But did you know here in Nova Scotia you have up to 90 days to be seen by a chiropractor, or physiotherapist to be evaluated following an accident?
The reason it is important to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist is because they will be able to identify injuries before you experience symptoms, which gives you the ability to start recovery sooner and avoid worsening the injury over time. Once you have been assessed and condition diagnosed, you will be able to work with the chiropractor or physiotherapist to create a treatment plan that is designed for car accident victims and is specific to your injuries.
Not only is it in your health’s best interest to seek a chiropractor or physiotherapist after an accident, but it can also be helpful for any insurance claims or litigation. Not seeking medical care right away could leave you forced to pay out of pocket for treatment for injuries sustained as a result of a car accident. Typically, the 1st visit, costs and expenses related to an assessment and report by a chiropractor or physiotherapist may be claimed under Nova Scotia’s Automobile Accident Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols Regulations, therefore you do not need to worry about any ‘out of pocket’ payment on the first visit, and if approved, the following visits as well.