Top 4 Reasons to See an Orthopeic Specialist After Your Accident

If you are reading this, it's likely that you have been in an accident recently and have many questions. If that sounds like your situation, then you are in the right place!

Did you know that on average it takes 24-72 hours after an accident for signs of deep tissue injuries to appear?

Do you think that deep tissue injuries are the only kind of injuries after an accident that behave this way?

Then you should keep reading to learn:

  • How to minimize the potential for long term issues to arise from your injuries while you still can.
  • What specialized treatment is and where to get it.
  • The ways getting treatment can help your personal injury claim.
  • What conveniences are afforded to you in this process.

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1.) Reducing your risk of long term issues from injuries

The first thing to do is get checked out by a specialist who is used to seeing accident related injuries as soon as possible

On average it takes 24-72 hours for deep tissue and other injuries to start showing symptoms after being involved in an accident. This makes it super important that you get checked out by a specialist as soon as possible after an accident, even if you don't feel like you are hurt.

Because people sometimes don't feel like they are injured, they go on to do things that make their injuries worse by the time the symptoms start showing, and in some cases have caused damage that takes even longer to heal or is potentially life long.

Upon meeting with your specialist, they will assess your health and injuries to create a specialized treatment plan for you. This plan is designed to help you recover as fast as you can, and if possible to help prevent your injuries from getting worse over time.

To sum things up:

  • Get seen by a specialist as soon as possible, the sooner the better.
  • Take it easy until your specialist has looked you over, and assessed the degree of your injuries.
  • Follow your specialist's advice.

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2.) Specialized treatment and what it is

When you go to the E.R., orthopedic surgeons are not always available. So if your injury is of an orthopedic nature, you could end up getting treated by an E.R. (Emergency Room) physician, instead of an orthopedic specialist.

While the E.R. physician is better than not having a physician in a life threatening situation, there are plenty of benefits to seeking out an orthopedic specialist after your accident.

On average it takes 24-72 hours for deep tissue and other injuries to start showing symptoms after being involved in an accident. This makes it super important that you get checked out by a specialist as soon as possible after an accident, even if you don't feel like you are hurt.

People sometimes don't feel like they are injured, they then go on to do things that make their injuries worse by the time the symptoms start showing, and in some cases have caused damage that takes even longer to heal or is potentially life long.

Upon meeting with your specialist, they will assess your health and injuries to create a specialized treatment plan for you. This plan is designed to help you recover as fast as you can and if possible, to help prevent your injuries from getting worse over time.

In summary:

  • Specialized treatment is treatment administered by a physician who is highly specialized in a specific area of medicine.
  • Your specialists are aware of and experienced in treatments that non specialized physicians are not.
  • When you meet with your specialist, they will create a specialized treatment plan utilizing their injury specific knowledge to help you recover faster.

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3.) How specialized treatment can help your personal injury claim

Your specialists treat people daily who have been involved in accidents and have personal injury claims. Because of this they are used to working closely with their patients' attorneys, and know what your attorneys are likely to ask for.

This extra degree of familiarity allows you and your legal representatives more time to focus on your claim, by spending less time requesting information from your health provider, educating the provider on what you need, and having to make sure it's in the proper format.

During a personal injury case documentation is critical. having good documentation helps the courts to better understand how you were injured, what changes the injuries caused in your life, the timeframes your recovery is expected to have, and to help better justify what it is you are seeking out of your case.

The closer to the accident an injury is documented the better case you can make for the injury being a consequence of your accident, this means the longer you wait to have a specialist check you out and document your injuries, the more leverage the opposing counsel will have in arguing the injuries are not from your accident.

The key points here:

  • Your specialists work with people who have been in accidents daily.
  • During your personal injury case documentation is critical.
  • Your specialists coordinate with attorneys so much, they know what your attorneys need and what format to put it in.
  • The closer to your accident the injuries are documented the better it is for your case.

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4.) How this is made convenient for you

Are you like most people who go to the ER, and end up having to wait forever to see the doctor?

Did you know that the reason you wait for a long time in the ER, is partially due to the fact that the ER physicians have to prioritize more seriously injured patients before seeing you?

That's why when you come to us for treatment, you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you are able to be seen and get home by.

As an additional convenience to you we are located about a block down the street from a physical therapy group and a hospital, this helps to keep you close to just about anything medical you may need.

Conveniences afforded to you:

  • Fast wait times
  • Efficient office visits get you back on your way quickly
  • Your specialist's office is close to physical therapy offices and a hospital, keeping you close to all your medical needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While fault is not something we determine. The course of treatment you receive and proper documentation of the treatment you receive, helps to paint a clearer picture of what happened and helps you or your legal representative to establish a stronger case for you.

As for if you need a lawyer, that is a decision you will have to make based on your assessments of your situation.

This means that your treatment plan will be tailored to assist your recovery, while providing the best documentation of your situation, this helps in ensuring that you have greater odds of recovery and of successfully defending your case.

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Of course! Feel free to have whoever you like as your legal representative, we will work with whoever it is.

Our job is to take care of your medical needs while effectively documenting, and communicating with whoever your legal representative is for your claim.

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Every recovery is dependant on the injuries sustained, and the way they are treated. Because of this it is important to have a team of specialists who have good communication, and understand what it is that your injuries need, as well as what documentation your legal team will need if you are in a suit.

You can rest easy as all the specialists you need are all working in close contact and proximity of each other, which means solid communication, less commuting around for treatments, and a more streamlined treatment process for you!

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The answer to this question is: Absolutely!

There are a few nuances of working on a lien, and not every place knows them, or is happy to go through the hassle of setting them up

Because your medical needs are our utmost priority, you will find us going the extra mile to help navigate these nuances on your behalf so you can focus on getting better faster.

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When it comes to the topic of paying for your treatment, there are four ways things get paid for:

Your Personal Health Insurance: Your personal health insurance coverage is the primary source of coverage for any medical bills arising from the treatment of car accident injuries. It’s going to work the same way that it does for any other covered medical expense that you incur in your day-to-day life.

Don’t be worried about using your insurance, this the reason why you decided to purchase health insurance coverage to begin with. However, you should be aware that if you receive a settlement or judgment, your insurer will be entitled to recoup all payments it made on your accident claims.

The Other Driver's Auto Insurance: In the case of you not having health insurance coverage, you may be able to have your medical treatment costs covered by the auto insurance policy of the at-fault driver.

Keep in mind auto insurance policies only cover medical expenses up to the amount stated on the policy, so if the other driver's policy has coverage up to $100,000, and your treatment costs add up to $150,000, you will be personally responsible for the $50,000 that exceeds the other driver’s coverage.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Arizona law requires all drivers to carry auto insurance with a minimum bodily injury liability coverage of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident. Sadly, a high percentage of Arizona drivers don't follow this law.

If the driver who caused your accident had no insurance or had insufficient insurance to pay for your injuries, you can look to your own uninsured/underinsured coverage to pay your medical bills.

No Insurance Coverage of Any Kind: If you don't have any insurance coverage, your medical bills will have a lien placed on them. This lien will be paid off upon reaching a settlement for your case.

In the state of Arizona, there are some nuances when it comes to Medicaid (AHCCCS) and Medical Liens in Arizona. Some hospitals try and place liens on treatments for their personal injury patients that AHCCCS had already paid out for, this is in an attempt to recover the balance between what the AHCCCS paid and the rate the hospital usually charges.

This practice is called balance billing, and when you’re dealing with Medicaid (AHCCCS), it’s an unlawful practice. The medical provider can only accept the lien or Medicaid (AHCCCS), not both.

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If you are like most people who have been in a bad accident, then you likely have a newfound fear of the activities that caused your injuries.

This is perfectly normal, so don't be afraid to speak to your specialists about it.

If this sounds like your situation, then ask your specialist about what psychiatry treatments are available to help heal your mind along with your body

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Dr. Clouse does a high volume of joint arthroplasty replacements of the knee, hip and shoulder. He is trained in minimally invasive techniques for doing joint arthoplasty procedures such as the Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacements that minimizes the length of stay in the hospital and accelerates recovery. He is also trained at performing partial knee replacements as well as Total Knee Replacements using the Biomet Signature Patient Specific Custom guides. This techniques can improve accuracy of the placement of the components at the time of surgery which may improve longitivtiy of the implant.

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Dr. David B. Nilsen is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon that has practiced in the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley area since 2010. He enjoys treating patients of all ages. He graduated from University of Nebraska-Omaha for undergrad and Michigan State University for medical school.

Dr. Nilsen is trained in minimally invasive knee replacements, partial knee replacements and has been doing Direct Anterior hip replacements since 2014. He also does a high volume of sports related surgeries in both young and middle aged athletes.

Dr. Nilsen understands that having an injury or diseased joint can be overwhelming but in many cases surgery isn’t necessary. He focuses on what will make you better versus what surgery might be done.

When he’s not working he enjoys time with his 7 children and multiple grandchildren, cheering on his favorite high school and college teams and tinkering with technology.

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Dr. Stewart attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern at Dallas and elected to remain there to complete his Orthopedic Surgery training. After residency, Dr. Stewart completed a fellowship in Sports Orthopedics with the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and the San Diego Padres.

Along with being Board Certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Stewart is a member of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine and participates in the care of local high school, and community college athletic programs. He also serves as an associate provider for the San Diego Padres minor league system. He enjoys spending time with his family and stays active playing sports of every kind.

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