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Were You Involved in an Auto Injury? Know Your Rights!

If you've been in a car accident and are experiencing pains, please contact us today. Not only can we help you relieve the pain, but can refer you to an experienced personal injury lawyer. San Diegans have been trusting Dr. Blakely for over 30 years with personal injury issues. His partnerships with trusted personal injuries lawyers have helped 1000s of people receive the care they need in a personal injury case.

Did you know that one of the most stressful aspects of living in modern life is dealing with the problems that arise after an auto accident? Were you also aware that some auto accident injuries are hidden and are seldom detected for months or even years? As a result, two things can occur when an injury is not taken care of properly, or the accident victims settle their case with the insurance companies before getting evaluated by a Doctor trained in soft tissue injuries.

... This Could Be A Big Mistake!

Why? Because once you settle your case, you lose the right to have your insurance company pay for chiropractic treatment if you do end up suffering from delayed back or neck pain. A good rule of thumb is to be informed of your rights and before making any settlement agreements after an automobile related accident. It is our position that if you were indeed injured, you should get the care you need to get you back on the road to recovery feeling the way you felt and functioned just before the accident.

It is not the responsibility of the insurance company to pay for anything more than that. They are not responsibile for pre-existing injuries; only the injuries sustained from the accident. Even if you are just sore, you should get checked out immediately because auto related injuries can present in many ways you might not think were associated to the accident. You may experience pain, numbness, headaches, muscle stiffness, fatigue, and other problems including arthritis many months after your collision. Remember, nothing is more important than your health, especially when you start to lose it.

Here's where the problem begins... Most people who suffer from an auto accident have one thing on their mind: their automobile!

Not only are auto accidents an inconvenience and a hassle, a common redundant complaint of auto accident victims is that they don't feel like their normal selves. You may also be experiencing obvious pains and symptoms like muscle stiffness or spasm, neck pain, headaches, numbness and tingling, back pain, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and many other difficulties. Or worse than that, you may be injured and feel nothing at all.

Either way, did you know that auto accidents can cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis can ruin your posture (giving you a slumped or hump back appearance). Osteoarthritis can cause the discs in your spine to degenerate and create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness and the inability to move properly.

As a matter of fact...

Most Doctors Are Not Trained In The Detection Of These Hidden Injuries. If you have been in an auto accident, you need a doctor who is trained in the biomechanics of the human body; someone who treats these injuries every day. In addition, x-rays can be taken to find out if there has been any structural damage. In our office, we evaluate auto accident victims and make any appropriate referrals to other health care providers if needed.

Our primary responsibility is giving you the care if you need It, and submitting the required medical reports to the insurance company so your rights are protected. If we can't help you, we will refer you to a doctor or facility that can. If you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important decisions you have to make, and we advise you to make these decisions very carefully.


Being involved in an auto accident not only can be a life-altering event, but it can be financially burdensome if you do not take the proper steps to treatment, continued care, and case settlement. Seeing a chiropractor can be one of the most important decisions you make immediately following your car accident.

The injury you suffer in an auto accident can worsen over time, so seeking the appropriate treatment immediately is of upmost importance to your both your recovery and a successful settlement of your personal injury case.
It’s very important for all car accident victims to be fully examined before settling any claims with their insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies often will have a car accident victim sign off and end their case before treatment has been completed. Once an auto accident victim has signed off and accepted payment, any future treatment needs will not be covered.

Because of the complexities surrounding the proper settlement of a personal injury case, as your San Diego auto injury chiropractor, we can recommend highly experienced local personal injury attorneys to help you navigate through the steps of your personal injury case. If you are working with a local attorney, we can treat your injury on lien, which means payment will be made out of the settlement of your personal injury case.

Depending upon your auto accident treatment needs, we can refer you to the appropriate medical specialists such as orthopedic doctors, neurologists and pain management doctors. Even if you're not in pain, you may have underlying damage that a qualified auto accident chiropractor will be able to access and treat.

If you have been involved in a car accident and live or work in the San Diego area please call Dr. Bruce Blakely of Mission Village Chiropractic for an immediate auto injury assessment. One of the most common injuries in an auto accident is Whiplash. Here are some commonly asked questions about whiplash that may help you understand the importance of proper treatment following your car accident:

What is whiplash?

Whiplash, also known as a hyperextension-hyperflexion injury, is an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden, sometimes forceful, movement of the head backward, forward or sideways causing your neck to go beyond its normal range of movement. It is the snapping motion of whiplash that can damage the muscles, nerves and bones in the neck. As well as stretched or torn ligaments, vertebrae may also be forced from their normal positions. All these whiplash injuries result in limited and often painful range of movement.

What causes whiplash?

A major cause of whiplash is an automobile accident, but whiplash can also occur from sports and workplace activities. It may be a surprise to learn that whiplash can occur in very low impact accidents as well, even car accidents at speeds as low as 15 mph can result in whiplash.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Whiplash symptoms are varied, but some common symptoms include:
Neck pain or stiffness
Pain or stiffness in lower back
Muscle tension between shoulders
Joint pain or muscle spasms
Loss of sleep
Because whiplash symptoms vary and may not be felt immediately, it is always a good idea to consult your chiropractor doctor immediately following your auto accident.

Should I see a chiropractor after I've been injured in a car accident?

The aches and pains you feel after an auto accident are an indication that you have suffered some damage. Left untreated, these injuries may be the source of future pain, arthritis and other chronic conditions. More importantly, because symptoms may not appear for a few days after the car accident occurred, it is imperative that you contact your chiropractor immediately for an appointment and you may want to seek a qualified personal injury attorney to ensure that you do not settle your case too quickly.

How is whiplash treated?

Your San Diego chiropractor will develop a treatment plan customized to your specific injuries. Your treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, ultrasound and muscle stimulation, physiotherapy and stretching and strengthening exercises.

Most importantly, your chiropractor will thoroughly examine you, carefully review your health history, collect pertinent details of your car accident, and order any necessary diagnostic tests in order to tailor your specific treatment plan. Your recovery plan will be clinically supported, monitored and adjusted if necessary; all to best ensure your return to a healthy active life!

Because the moment you are in an auto accident can be stressful, below are some helpful tips about what you should do immediately following a car accident.

To best protect yourself physically and financially:

Contact your local police and file an auto accident report. Seek the proper medical treatment. If the injuries necessitate, call an ambulance or visit the emergency room. Because many injuries are not felt immediately, it is imperative to contact a qualified auto injury treatment provide such as Dr. Bruce Blakely in San Diego for a full auto injury assessment. While at the scene of the car accident, don’t forget to collect important contact information from all people involved (names, phone numbers, addresses and insurance carrier information).

If anyone has stopped at the scene as a witness to your car accident, collect their contact information as well.
Because auto accident victims often sign off on their case with the insurance company in haste, seeking a qualified San Diego personal injury attorney can often result in better recovery of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering allowances as well allowances for possible future treatment needs.

We welcome your call for an immediate appointment for an auto injury assessment and treatment plan and can recommend experienced personal injury attorneys if you are in need.

Dr. Bruce Blakely has been treating auto accident injuries on lien in the San Diego Area for over years and works with many San Diego Area personal injury attorneys. If you have been injured in an auto accident, please call today.

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