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Is It Better to See a Medical Doctor or Chiropractor following a Florida Accident?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Jan 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida trial lawyer and chiropractor, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD answers the question if it's better to see a chiropractor of medical doctor after a Florida accident.

The answer to this question is not easy.  I'm 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
Conclusion

Whether to see a chiropractor or medical doctor following an accident depends on the nature and extent of the injuries and the person's 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 patient's care and treatment.  For instance, the patient may need some medication but also would benefit from chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and exercise.

If you have any questions about a Florida personal injury claim, contact Dr. Guy S.  DiMartino, DC, JD at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the Internet contact form on the right.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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