Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accidents in Florida
At Orlando Spine and Wellness Center we specialize in treating auto accident victims and strive to provide you with effective and efficient care. Our goal is to get you better as quickly as possible. Have you been in a car accident in Florida? Here are some frequently asked questions you may be wondering about.
How long do I have to seek medical attention after an auto accident?
After your auto accident, you have 14 days to seek medical attention or you will lose access to your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for that accident.
What if the auto accident isn’t my fault?
Florida is a “no-fault” state, meaning you have insurance protection regardless of whose fault the auto accident was.
Do I still need to see a doctor if I don’t feel any pain or have visual injuries?
Yes. Even the subtlest fender bender can cause injuries that can go unnoticed for months. It is important to seek medical attention right away to properly evaluate your auto accident injuries before they become worse.
What are my auto accident treatment options?
Orlando Spine and Wellness Center offers treatment plans for an array of auto accident injuries. Based on your personal medical evaluation, your treatment plan could include chiropractic treatment, exercise therapy, massage therapy, or decompression treatment.
What’s the typical treatment process for an auto accident?
At Orlando Spine and Wellness Center, we start by having you meet with our doctor to evaluate the injuries sustained in the auto accident. Our experienced office staff will then build a case for your injuries, working with your insurer to get the most benefits without going over your maximum. We then develop a personalized treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery.
How long is the treatment process for an auto accident?
There isn’t a set duration for the length of treatment. Every patient is unique and because we develop personalized treatment plans based on your individual injuries we can’t predict an exact length of time to attain full recovery.
How much am I entitled to for treatment under Florida’s auto accident laws?
In the state of Florida, you may be entitled to a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection benefits and lost wages regardless of who was at fault in your car wreck, but you need to understand the time limits, treatment options, and refuting practices to make sure you get all of your benefits.
How do I know if I’m covered?
At Orlando Spine and Wellness Center we accept all auto insurance plans. To better understand your coverage following the accident our experienced staff will work with your insurance company to answer all of your questions.
Auto Accident Injury Treatments
Orlando Spine and Wellness Center puts our patients first. Each individual patient goes through a comprehensive exam and history with the doctor to develop a custom treatment plan geared to their unique needs. We strive to set ourselves apart from other auto accident rehabilitation centers by offering patient-focused quality care. A variety of possible treatments that each patient might experience are listed below.
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive alternative medicine options available for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain of the arms or legs, headaches, and other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Auto accident patients suffering from neck pain, back pain and headaches often benefit from the natural healing offered by chiropractic medicine. Our staff will work with you to determine if chiropractic treatment is the proper course of action for addressing your auto accident injuries.
Various therapeutic modalities can be an effective way of treating a wide range of auto accident injuries and pain caused by collision-related trauma. The modalities utilized during treatments can vary but could include electrical muscle stimulation, heat/cold therapy, intersegmental traction, soft tissue manipulation as well as a variety of stretching and exercises programs.
Massage therapy can be used as a part of a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan to help you recover and find pain relief from your auto accident injuries. Clinical massage therapy treatment is beneficial in the recovery process because our therapists work in conjunction with the doctor to treat specific areas of injury.
Non-surgical spinal decompression can be an effective method for the treatment of back pain caused by disc conditions as a result of an auto accident. Decompression helps to reduce pressure on the vertebral joints and promote self healing through relief of chronic back and neck pain.Back to Top
Common Auto Accident Injuries
A low-speed collision/car accident is a collision that takes places at speeds below ten miles per hour. Often there is little, or no visible property damage done to the bumpers of either vehicle. However, minimal or nonexistent damage to the vehicles involved does not mean that you haven’t sustained a physical injury.
Rear-end accidents are the most common low-speed collision. At low speeds, particularly where the impacting vehicle is already at a stop, the forces involved transfer to your unrestrained body parts within the vehicle. Pain from a low-speed injury may be negligible or unnoticeable in the immediate wake of the accident. It does not surface until well after the collision.
At Orlando Spine and Wellness Center we are well versed in treating any injuries that you might sustain as a result of an auto accident. Dr. Michael Bowerman is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of auto accident injuries. A custom treatment plan will be developed for your specific injuries. Below are some of the common auto accident injuries Dr. Bowerman diagnoses and treats on a daily basis.
Back injuries are a highly common result of car accidents because of the impact involved in the collision. Back sprains or strains, disc and nerve injuries and even fractures are seen frequently in auto accident injury evaluations. Even if you feel fine immediately following or a few days after the accident, it is highly important that you seek a professional medical evaluation in order to diagnose soft tissue injuries that may not be painful right away.
Another common auto accident ailment is neck injury, commonly referred to as whiplash. Symptoms of whiplash you may have experienced include aches and pains, decreased range of motion and soreness. It also includes muscle tightness in the neck and increased pain when turning the head. Whiplash may also cause you headaches that form at the base of the skull and dizziness. It also includes numb fingertips, tenderness in the upper back, shoulder pain, fatigue and difficulty swallowing. Your symptoms may linger for weeks or months depending on the severity of the strain. Disc and nerve injuries are also very common in auto accidents and tend to require longer term treatment options in order to achieve neck pain relief.
Headaches or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Closed head injuries sustained by auto accident trauma is also something that is not to be overlooked. Some car accident injury patients deal with frequent or recurring headaches, jaw or facial pain, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea or even vomiting as a result of their accident.
Shoulder, Arm, Leg or Knee (Extremity) Injuries
We frequently see extremity related auto accident injuries which are usually a result of those body parts impacting an area inside of the vehicle. These injuries usually involve bruising, sprains or even fractures/broken bones. These types of injuries require careful diagnosis and treatment to ensure proper healing.Back to Top
Why is Orlando Spine and Wellness Center the right choice for your auto injury treatment?
At Orlando Spine and Wellness Center, we have years of experience treating auto accident injuries. At our rehabilitation facility we help you every step of the way by quickly and accurately diagnosing and treating your individual medical needs, handling all the details with the insurance company, and developing a personalized treatment plan to heal your pain. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and here to help you throughout the entire process.
Our Auto Accident Treatment Plan:
- Get examined - If you’ve been in an auto accident of any kind, come visit us at Orlando Spine and Wellness Center for a complimentary exam by Dr. Michael Bowerman.
- Build your case - Our experienced office staff knows how to get the most care for your auto accident coverage. We can help you open your case and work with your insurance company to offer you efficient and affordable care while not exceeding your maximum allowance.
- Develop a treatment plan - Once your insurance case is open, Dr. Bowerman will develop a personalized treatment plan designed to treat your individual needs and conforms to your insurance requirements.
The Benefits of Treating with Orlando Spine and Wellness Center:
- Same day treatment
- Relaxed and friendly environment
- We accept all auto insurance plans
- Personalized treatment with the doctor
- We have experience working with a vast network of attorneys
- Free transportation if needed while your car is being repaired
- We work with your insurance company to handle all your bills for you