The Injury & Disability Law Center May 2019

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May 2019

Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, and Workers’ Compensation

A Tribute to Those in the Chiropractic Field: The Most Underappreciated Members of the Medical Field

The Injury and Disability Help Center was built upon a foundation of legal knowledge and experience. At the heart of our mission lies one question: What does each individual client need to reach a good outcome? Contrary to popular opinion, achieving a desired outcome isn’t only about alleviating financial hardship following an accident or injury. In every single case, helping clients feel better physically and emotionally is just as important. We make a point of bringing all of our clients in on this mindset: If you win your case but are still in pain, it means nothing. We often turn to chiropractors to help our clients overcome this pain. While there are certain negative stereotypes about chiropractors— just as there are about lawyers— in our experience, chiropractors are the most underappreciatedmembers of the medical community. They play a critical role in our clients’recovery. Regarding personal injury cases, many injured parties will go to a hospital immediately following an accident. When they are discharged, they will be instructed to follow up with their primary health care provider. There are two problems here. First, a lot of people don’t have a primary health care provider. Second, a lot of primary physicians won’t even see patients for injuries that result from these types of accidents. When this gap occurs, chiropractors are the ones who step up and provide treatment. In fact, we like to refer to chiropractors as the quarterbacks of personal injury rehabilitation because their evaluation doesn’t stop after they look at patients’ spines. They listen to their patients’stories, and

they take a big picture look at patients’whole bodies to ensure that there aren’t any other underlying issues that could result in severe pain or injuries down the road. I can’t tell you howmany times my clients didn’t realize they had an underlying issue because they weren’t symptomatic. Chiropractors catch these issues before they have the chance to grow into full- fledged problems. In addition to providing patients with excellent, well-rounded care, chiropractors are an important part of our process as well. When I’mmeeting with a client, my big goal is to get them through this

difficult chapter in their lives. Sometimes that’s financial, and sometimes it’s medical. By having these relationships with chiropractors, we can make sure clients receive treatment earlier and more effectively. Furthermore, the chiropractors we work with will often treat our clients on an open account, offering treatment without getting paid for initial visits, waiting until the case is over to receive payment. We acknowledge the vitality of their role in our process; we communicate, we give frequent case updates, and we make sure they receive payment once the trial ends. In the end, our aim is to spread awareness about the amazing (albeit sometimes thankless) role chiropractors play in the personal injury field— and in the community at large.

“We like to refer to chiropractors as the quarterbacks of personal injury rehabilitation because their evaluation doesn’t stop after they look at patients’ spines. They listen to their patients’ stories, and they take a big picture look at patients’ whole bodies to ensure that there aren’t any other underlying issues that could result in severe pain or injuries down the road.”

-Jeremy Worley

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