Florida – November 12, 2020

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data from October 2019 revealed more than 255,355 injuries that resulted from 403,626 crashes, in addition to a slight increase in deaths at 3,135.  Personal injury is a residual effect of many car accidents with some minor injury occurrence, or more catastrophic physical loss.  Most of the time, the signs and symptoms of whiplash develop within several days of an accident injury, and commonly include:

  • Stiffness and pain in the neck
  • Inability to move the neck without pain
  • Headaches near the base of the skull
  • Shoulder, upper back, or arm soreness
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Blurred vision, fatigue, or dizziness
  • Ringing ears or sleep disturbances
  • Unusual irritability, or depression
  • Memory or concentration difficulties

Whiplash injuries.

Whiplash is a neck injury usually caused by a forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip, commonly caused by rear-end car accidents. Whiplash can also result from sports accidents, physical abuse, and other types of traumas, such as a fall. Most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication, exercise, stretching and sometimes chiropractic care. Some people may end up with chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications after an accident, requiring an extended period of physical therapy and chiropractic care. HealthPoint Chiropractic can assist accident victims after a consultation to identify damaged areas for stretching and manipulation toward recovery.

Insurance.

Florida  is a “no fault” insurance state with regard to accidents, so an accident victim may seek compensation from their own insurance to cover damages.  Personal Injury Protection, or “No-Fault” car insurance, is mandated by the state of Florida for all drivers to carry. PIP pays for injuries individuals sustain in auto accidents, regardless of who was at-fault. Most medical costs will be covered by PIP with the exception of popular, but not widely accepted practices such as acupuncture. The following are eligible for a PIP claim:

  • Medical Services
  • Medications
  • Surgical and hospital expenses
  • Diagnostic services
  • Ambulatory services

If an accident victim has a good health insurance policy, residual costs over auto insurance claims payments may be covered.  Chiropractic care has proven benefits that were often disputed in the past, and the value of its techniques are more readily accepted with today’s whole body wellness culture in the medical profession.

Treatment options include:

Many insurance companies will cover chiropractic services, but it is best to check ahead of time, and some may require a medical doctor’s order to verify that payment for treatment should be covered by insurance.

Consultation.

Contact HealthPoint Chiropractic, conveniently located just south of Commercial Blvd. on the west side of Dixie Highway, to find out if they can assist with treatment after a car accident injury.  They can advise individuals on the best way to have a treatment plan initiated that may be covered under PIP insurance.

HealthPoint Chiropractic

Phone: (954) 332-9999

Email: [email protected]

4711 North Dixie Hwy, Suite A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Sources.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/whiplash/symptoms-causes/syc-20378921

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0600-0699/0627/Sections/0627.7407.html

https://www.dmvflorida.org/drivers-license/car-accident

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state