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The Role Of The Chiropractor In Personal Injury

While many people still question the legitimacy of chiropractic as a profession, the reality is that a doctor of chiropractic’s services are quite indispensable in case of a car accident that involves personal injuries.

A chiropractor is more than just a glorified massage therapist as some propaganda would have you believe, but first, let us dispel a few incorrect notions.

A Doctor Of Chiropractic Is NOT A “Doctor”

One thing that we need to set straight right off the bat is that a doctor of chiropractic is actually not a “doctor” in the way that a regular person, a layman, understands the term “doctor.” Of course, what we are referring to here is a doctor of medicine or an “M.D.” – and the primary reason for this is that chiropractors are in fact not licensed to prescribe certain medicines unless they take up additional education to acquire certain licenses. It is also not uncommon for a D.C (doctor of chiropractic) to also take up medicine and become an M.D. as well.

Making Compensation Easier

Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident can actually make it easier for you to recover compensation for personal injuries from the insurance company of the adverse party or even from your own insurance company. This is because chiropractic care is counted as a legitimate form of damages for personal injury as far as the law is concerned.

This means that it is possible to recover the costs of chiropractic care in a civil lawsuit for personal injury. If you play your cards right and the facts of the incident are in your favor, you may be able to receive professional chiropractic treatment and other forms of healthcare without having to pay a single cent out of your own pocket.


Of course, if you are relying on your own insurance policy in order to receive chiropractic treatment, you may want to review the provisions of your policy. There are some insurance policies that cover chiropractic treatment only for a limited number of visits to the chiropractor. This means that any visits beyond this limit will be charged directly to you.

The Test Of Necessity

In a personal injury lawsuit (which you are presumably filing against the adverse party/other driver who caused the accident), the test of whether chiropractic care can be covered and treated as damages is whether or not the chiropractic care received was necessary and appropriate for your injuries. In order to increase your chances of success, it is best to also seek more traditional treatment methods such as from a medical doctor – along with chiropractic care.

Getting A Doctor On A Lien Basis

There are some doctors of chiropractic, orthopedic surgeons, as well as medical doctors who are willing to accept personal injury cases on a lien basis. The lien is actually on your recovery of damages in a personal injury lawsuit. What this means is that the doctor is paid as soon as your lawsuit is successful so that you don’t have to personally pay anything out of your own pocket.

If you want to find a doctor on a lien basis in California, look no further. Simply call up the California Injury Doctors today at 1-800-971-3627.

Zain Saeed

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