Is It Better to See a Medical Doctor or Chiropractor following a Florida Accident? | Guy S. DiMartino DC, JD, PA
June 6, 2013
Florida trial lawyer and chiropractor, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD answers the question if its better to see a chiropractor of medical doctor after a Florida accident.
The answer to this question is not easy. Im a chiropractor and a trial lawyer so I have an affinity to chiropractors but I will try to perform an honest assessment.
Benefits of Initially Seeing a Medical Doctor
Is better equipped to handle severe or life threatening injury
Has hospital privileges
Can prescribe medications
Can certified an emergency medical condition under the new PIP “No-Fault” law
Some insurance adjusters and/or jurors have higher regard for medical doctors
Cons of Seeing a Medical Doctor
If there is not a serious or life threatening injury – cannot offer much in the way of treatment
Many do not know how to deal with or have no interest in dealing with accident patients
Not as accessible as chiropractor
Pros of seeing a chiropractor
If the injuries are more soft tissue in nature – can offer a wide variety of treatments
For health conscious folks – chiropractors do not use drugs or surgery
More accessible to patients that medical counterparts
CONS OF SEEING A CHIROPRACTOR
Some folks do not regard chiropractors as highly as medical doctors
Cannot certify an Emergency Medical Condition under the new 2013 Florida PIP “No-Fault” law
Whether to see a chiropractor or medical doctor following an accident depends on the nature and extent of the injuries and the persons preference to the different healing systems. As a general rule, it is best for most people to treat with both types of providers so they can coordinate the patients care and treatment. For instance, the patient may need some medication but also would benefit from chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and exercise.
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