The key to a successful outcome in a Car Crash is to connect the crash to your injuries and your need for care. At the Accident & Injury Center, Dr. Richey is both a physician and an accident reconstructionist. His training and 22+ years of experience in the medical field as well as the dynamics of vehicle crashes helps ensure your best possible outcome.
Our Accident & Injury Center Team believes in and enjoys a strong working relationship with a wide variety of other allied health-care professionals.
This team approach ensures that you, the patient, receives comprehensive diagnostics and any additional treatment options to speed up recovery and optimal healing.
With this unity, the Accident & Injury Center has emerged as a leader in chiropractic and physical therapy not only for Anchorage but the surrounding communities.
One specialty in our practice is the treatment of injuries sustained in car accidents.
Understanding the Seriousness of Car Accidents
Car accidents are renowned for causing whiplash injuries, and these should always be taken seriously no matter how innocuous they may at first appear, because of the areas which are affected. It should also be remembered that the effects of whiplash may take weeks or months to fully manifest, thus it cannot be assumed no problems exists just because none is felt immediately following the accident.
Whiplash refers to a group of injuries that occur as a result of the sudden, violent whipping motion of the head in an accident. The whip can happen in any direction – back-forward, forward-back, side-side, or anything in between. Various injuries can result, including damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. A host of related symptoms can then kick off from these, many of which, to the untrained eye, can appear completely unconnected to the original trauma.
If you are not very careful, a whiplash injury may end up causing permanent damage when it is not noticed or its effect is underestimated. Around 50% of whiplash victims who have settled insurance claims are still suffering the effects of their whiplash years later. If you even suspect that you have suffered such an injury, a visit to your chiropractor is strongly advised so an assessment can be made and appropriate treatment and advice offered.
What To Do If You Have Been In An Accident
For most people, driving is the most dangerous thing they will do all day. According to the United States Department of Transportation, approximately 6,000,000 automobile accidents occur every year. While many accidents are minor, automobile collisions can result in extensive property damage or serious personal injury. A death is caused by a motor vehicle crash every 12 minutes, and a disabling injury occurs every 14 seconds.
Alaska requires every driver to carry automobile liability insurance. However, if you have suffered a personal injury in an automobile crash with a driver who either does not have insurance, or who was a hit and run driver, you may still be able to recover damages for your injuries under what is known as “uninsured motorist” coverage. The law enables you to file a claim with your own insurance company to recover for injuries caused by drivers with insufficient or no insurance.
Every insurance company has a team of adjusters, investigators and attorneys whose primary responsibility is to protect and limit the liability of the insurance company and minimize the amount of money to be paid to injured parties. If you have any questions when it comes to Alaska law, we recommend you contact an Alaskan attorney promptly. It is also important to remember that there are time limits within which you must settle with an insurance company or commence a lawsuit. So, if you or a loved one has been involved in an motor vehicle crash, we recommend an examination as soon as possible to document your injuries and need for care. And should you have specific legal questions, we recommend contacting an experienced attorney immediately. If you already have an attorney, Dr. Richey will work with them at your request.