Auto Accident?

*14 Day Rule

*If you are involved in an auto accident it is imperative that you are evaluated for injuries within fourteen days of the accident or you, by law, lose your rights to your $10,000 of personal injury protection benefits.This is a law that was passed on January 1, 2013. If you have any questions regarding this law please call our office.

Auto Injuries and Chiropractic:

Traumatic injuries such as those sustained in auto accidents are where I believe chiropractic care really shines. What makes chiropractic special is that chiropractors locate the specific causes of your pain and work to resolve it. We don’t just mask your symptoms with medication which typically does not address the cause of your pain and sets you up for a lifetime of chronic physical problems.

Typically after an accident vertebrae misalign, nerves are compressed, muscles are torn (strain), ligaments are torn (sprain) and vertebral discs are injured causing bulges and/or herniations. The success rate in treating these types of injuries with complete resolution of symptoms with chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage is absolutely outstanding.

Dr. Marcus has treated thousands of auto accident and traumatic injury patients over his 15 years in practice in Ft. Lauderdale. He has advocated for his patients in trial and is well versed in documenting your injuries for your attorney and insurance company. If you are pursuing a claim for damages we will work with your attorney or would be happy to refer you to one that we know at your request.

If you have been involved in an auto or slip and fall accident feel free to call Dr. Marcus directly for a phone consultation.

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Common Soft Tissue Injuries after an auto accident:

Please view the video section of this website for a visual understanding of these injuries.

1. Strain: A strain is an injury to the muscles or tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones. Sprains occurs when the muscle fibers are torn usually due to an overstretching.

2. Sprain: A sprain is an injury to the ligaments. Ligaments connect bones to bones. A sprain occurs when the ligament is stretched past its normal capacity or is torn.

3. Bulging disc: is a tear in the inner fibrous ring of the disc which allows the soft central portion of the disc to bulge out within the outer rings. This may cause the disc to press against a spinal nerve or spinal cord.

4. Herniated disc: is a tear in the inner and outer fibrous ring of the disc which allows the soft central portion of the disc to bulge out of the outer rings. This may cause the disc to press against a spinal nerve or spinal cord.

5. Subluxation: A misalignment of a spinal bone that impinges nerves, stresses the discs and alters the proper function of the spinal joint.

6. Contusions: A traumatic bruise to the soft tissue where veins and/or arteries are damaged allowing blood to pool into the surrounding tissue.

7. Concussion: A minor traumatic brain injury causes a variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms.

8. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a type of anxiety disorder that may occur after an accident due to an extreme emotional trauma that generally involves the threat of personal injury or death.

YOUR CASE – How does all of this work?

In Florida, all drivers are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) to cover the cost of medical care and/or lost wages regardless of who is at fault. Unfortunately, for many injured drivers, this coverage may not be enough to cover all their total costs which may include property damage, pain and suffering and other damages.

 Upon completing your treatment, and reaching what is called “maximum medical improvement”, you may be given what is called an Impairment Rating. The Impairment Rating is based on American Medical Association guidelines and is an objective measure of the percentage of disability to your body that was a direct result of injuries sustained in your accident. Utilizing this percentage of disability, which is assigned by your doctor, your attorney will approach the negligent party’s insurance company in an attempt to recover compensation to cover your remaining costs including pain and suffering. The strength and success of your claim will likely hinge on the facts surrounding how the accident happened and the evidence provided to your lawyer by the treating doctor regarding your injuries. If your attorney and the insurance company cannot agree on a settlement (which is rare) the case may proceed to trial.

If you are pursuing a case it is very important that you receive the appropriate treatment. Your case must be managed appropriately and your injuries must be documented clearly and in detail. Dr. Peter Marcus has treated thousands of injury patients for over fifteen years. He has done countless depositions and has testified in trial on behalf of his patients. Dr. Marcus is very clear and concise in not only explaining injuries to juries but the mechanism of accident that caused the injuries. If you have any questions please contact our office.

Common Questions

Q: Should I see an attorney before I see my chiropractor? 
A: No. It is, in my opinion, more important to be evaluated by the doctor first. When people are hurt they go to the doctor. Going to the lawyer first may give the impression you are chasing money instead of medical care. You can always call your attorney after your evaluation at our office. Once you sign with the lawyer we can immediately mail or fax your initial medical report to him so he can begin working on your case. If you don’t have an attorney we would be happy to refer you to one of the many reputable attorneys that are close to you.

Q: Who pays for my medical care? 
A: The state of Florida requires that your auto insurance’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) cover your medical care regardless of who is at fault. Your health insurance will not cover medical care for your accident. If you do not own a car and have no auto insurance you may be able to use the PIP of the person who was at fault in the accident. In certain circumstances you may be able to utilize a family member’s PIP if you live with them. We will evaluate your particular situation and let you know exactly where your coverage will come from.

Q: The insurance company has been calling me and wants to settle, what should I do? 
A: If you settle with the insurance company before you know what the full extent of your injuries are you could be making a huge mistake. Once you accept a settlement you can’t undue it. My experience says that when an insurance company makes an early offer it is not to benefit you it is to benefit them.

Q: I’ve been to the hospital and/or my medical doctor, do I really need to see a chiropractor? 
A: You need a doctor who focuses on the treatment of traumatic injuries such as those sustained in auto accidents. Usually hospitals will check vital signs, make sure there are no life-threatening conditions and release the patient with pain relief medication. They normally do not treat the underlying musculoskeletal problems that can, and often do, lead to chronic pain syndromes. You must understand that pills do not correct structural or soft tissue damage. There are special therapies designed for that, and we offer these modalities at our office.

Q: Does your care hurt? 
A: Absolutely not. The care is very gentle and quite soothing. Most patients can hardly wait to get their care.

Q: Is the care safe?
 Yes, extremely. Particularly when compared to the side effects from medication. I urge you to go to the patient testimonial tab to get a feel for what you can expect.