If you have recently been in a a car accident, first take a deep breath, exhale and relax, because the Drs. Pierce are here to help you, and make you life a whole lot easier. The sooner you call us, the sooner we will be able to help you navigate the headaches of dealing with the auto insurance companies. Call us at 503-626-5761 to schedule your first Chiropractic appointment with our doctors.
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Our team of experienced doctors of Chiropractic and staff have helped thousands of people who have been in motor vehicle accidents in the Portland metro area. We take great pride in making your healing process as smooth and as easy for you as possible. We can help you to navigate the many questions that you will likely have, and help you to complete the necessary paperwork.
Auto accidents can create a tremendous amount of stress, especially if it is your first accident due to the unknown processes involved. Again, breathe and relax, we are here to help you. Beyond the physical stress from the collision its self, there are the initial shock and disbelief responses to the accident, the anger and possible regret which quickly follows, the loss of any physical property and diminished or total value loss of your vehicle, the loss of time at work or school, the time required for diagnostic and therapeutic healthcare, as well as the finances involved with insurance hikes, car repairs or vehicle replacement, health care, lost time at work or productivity at home, and pain and suffering. Then there is the stress and apprehension associated with white-knuckle driving after an accident. In order to best deal with your stress, it is best not to ignore your problems, and to enlist the help of someone who knows the auto insurance healthcare system, what to expect, how to maximize your benefits, and can as a patient-advocate on your behalf. That is where we can help you.
One of the most common questions that we get after someone has been in a car accident is, “Should I hire a lawyer?” That is a decision that is best made after you have had a thorough consultation, history, and detailed examination to determine the extent of your injuries and what degree of care (imaging (X-ray), advance imaging (MRI, CT, US, etc.), Chiropractic, massage, exercise, mechanical traction, physiotherapy, physical therapy, surgery, occupational therapy, counseling, etc.) that you will may to recover to pre-injury status. We will work as a patient-advocate on your behalf to help you to organize and navigate your path back to optimal wellness.
We can recommend one of several trusted personal injury attorneys who we have had great experience with in protecting our patients’ care, their cases, and their finances. There are many benefits to hiring a qualified personal injury attorney:
- Once you have signed your PI attorney’s paperwork, neither your auto insurance company nor any other vehicle involved in your accident with call &/or harass you, as they will need to work directly with your PI attorney. This saves you time, eliminates a bunch of stress and hassle, and ensures that your rights will be looked out for by the best qualified person who knows the system and common pitfalls and mistakes.
- Your PI attorney will prevent any auto insurance company, including your own, from low-balling you with a premature settlement offer. We have seen this routinely happen to those who did not hire an attorney. The difference may be an offer of $500-$1500 versus $45K-$90K or roughly 3X what your medical expenses and loss of productivity are. No-fault personal injury protection (PIP) in Oregon typically covers up to $15,000 per person in health care coverage for up to 1 year from the date of the collision. Every driver in Oregon is required to carry PIP auto insurance. Commonly, car accident cases where people try to negotiate with the auto insurance companies themselves typically receive little to no settlement. When there is a settlement involved that they personally negotiated, it usually happens before one’s symptoms and injuries have fully developed, and by then it it too late because you have signed away your rights for further care or moneys. Sadly, there also appears to be bias in these injury settlement offers based upon sex, race, and marriage status. Do not get scammed by an insurance company, especially your own. You employ them. Get the fair services and settlements that you deserve.
Call us at 503-626-5761 to schedule your first Chiropractic appointment with our doctors.