Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in an auto accident. Whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash most often occurs during a rear-end auto accident, but the injury can also result from a sports accident, physical abuse or other trauma.
Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Most people with whiplash recover within a few months after a course of pain medication, exercise and other treatments. Some people experience chronic neck pain and other ongoing complications.
Signs and symptoms of whiplash usually develop within 24 hours of the injury and may include:
Some people also experience:
It is always important to seek medical care after a car accident if you feel pain or stiffness, even if it doesn't appear right away. Often, a person may be in shock or have a rush of adrenalin, so doesn't realize he or she is injured. That is why symptoms often seem to "appear" the next day. You must seek medical attention within two weeks of your accident or you will not have any medical benefits.
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The State of Florida is a “No-Fault” state when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. It doesn’t matter who is “at fault” for the auto accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP), including any additional Med Pay you may have purchased, will pay for your medical bills.
If you have any questions, we encourage you to check with your own auto insurance carrier to verify your coverage.
Beginning January 1st, 2013 you only have up to 14 days after a car accident to see a doctor
to be covered under the personal injury protection (PIP) of your car insurance policy.
OTHERWISE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE YOUR MEDICAL EXPENSES
AND LOST WAGES COVERED UNDER YOUR CAR INSURANCE!!!
We work with a number of insurance companies to provide chiropractic care. We will be more than happy to submit all insurance forms for you and help you recover the most from your benefits.
The insurance process for auto accidents can be confusing, which is why our staff is trained to help guide you through it, explaining your benefits and options and helping you every step of the way. We assist you with getting the proper tests and even work with your MD to make sure we are all on the same page for your care.