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Three Common Mistakes That Central Bucks Car Accident Victims Make

January 29, 2015 Leave a comment

If you’ve been hurt in a Doylestown car crash, you may have heard that the way you deal with your doctor can ruin your car accident injury case.   Three mistakes stand out as both the most common and the most easily avoided mistakes when dealing with a car accident doctor. These mistakes tend to be the results of personalities and could be avoided by the application of one simple rule, “Just the facts” or “Tell the truth.” But rather than leave it at that, here in more detail are three simple mistakes that can ruin your car accident case.

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  1. Don’t Overstate or Minimize Your Central Bucks Car Accident 

As Central Bucks auto injury doctors, we see it all the time. Some people (most, maybe?) can’t help but overlay their personality on the accident. Some people tend to minimize their car accident, “Oh, it wasn’t that bad.” Some people tend to make it more dramatic, “The impact made my car fly through the air!” Either approach is bad for you, your doctor and car accident case.

The best approach is to be factual and complete. This gives your doctor the best and most reliable information to use in his care and treatment of you. Factual and complete information is also the best thing for your accident case. Why?

Your description of the car accident will be written down by your doctor. That writing will follow your case from start to finish. If there’s anything in the medical records about your case that is inaccurate, it can be used against you to suggest either that the accident wasn’t as bad as it really was (because you minimized it when you talked to your doctor) or that you aren’t a very reliable historian (because you exaggerated it when you talked to your doctor).

Not only can the insurance company use your inaccurate statements against you but they can use those statements against your doctor. At some point your doctor may have to testify about your diagnosis and back pain treatment. That doctor may be asked to offer opinions about what injuries you suffered in the car accident. If you’ve given the doctor inaccurate information then your doctor’s opinions isn’t reliable because they’re based on inaccurate information.

  1. Don’t Overstate or Understate Your Symptoms

Another common mistake we see is inaccurate or incomplete descriptions of symptoms. Some people minimize or omit symptoms. Some people overstate their symptoms. Neither approach is helpful.

If you understate your symptoms, obviously, those statements will be used against you later. If, for example, your broken leg really hurts and so does your back, but your back does not hurt as much as your leg, you should report both symptoms to your auto accident doctor. If you keep your back pain to yourself then your doctor can’t write it down and it can be suggested that your back pain wasn’t caused by your car accident.

Overstating your symptoms can be just as damaging. If you report to your doctor that you can’t stand for more than ten minutes or walk more than five blocks but what you mean is that it hurts to stand for a long time or walk for a long time, then tell your doctor that it hurts. But avoid making statements that are inaccurate or overblown.

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  1. Don’t Hide Your Medical History 

We’ve seen this many times where an injury victim had a similar injury ten years before. It got better. Now they’ve been in another accident and the same area that was injured before hurts again. They’re asked, “Did you ever injure this body part before?” Their answer? “Nope.”

Sometimes we forget old injuries. Sometimes we think they just don’t matter because they’re so old. But believe us when we tell you that it is a mistake to forget or omit information about past injuries when you’re asked by your accident doctor. No matter how innocent or inadvertent your omission, the insurance company will try to make it seem that you were intentionally hiding the information about your prior injury. Once it’s shown that you failed to answer a question about your medical history accurately, they will say that you’re not a very reliable witness or that you were being dishonest as part of an effort to make your case look better. Either way, inaccurate or dishonest, you will have hurt your case. So, think hard and make sure you disclose all your prior injuries, if asked.

Doylestown Chiropractor Helps You Prepare Your Back For The Snowpocalypse

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Are you preparing for “Snowmaggedon”, “Snowpocalypse” or whatever the latest hype is?  No matter what they are calling it, it will be a lot of snow that you will have to remove, and if you do not have a snow plowing service or a snow blower, that means old fashioned shoveling.  When you are faced with the daunting task of shoveling snow, consider this: The task sends on average more than 11,000 adults and children to the hospital every year.

A recent 17-year study published in American Journal of Emergency Medicine details the most common health hazards associated with shoveling snow. Snow shoveling can sometimes lead to bad backs, broken bones, head injuries, and even deadly heart problems.

It is not surprising to learn that many people suffer from muscle fatigue, low back strain, vertebral disc damage, and even spinal fractures during the winter season. Some of these injuries result from excessive stress to spinal structures by slip and fall accidents.

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A study published by Brad Coffiner at Cornell University’s ergonomic department indicated “…when handling heavy snow with a shovel, the L5-S1 disc has been identified as the weakest link in the body segment chain. The most severe injuries and pain are likely to occur in the back region.” Recognizing the low back is especially susceptible to strain or injury; it would be smart to review something’s you can do to help prevent injury.

Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling

Having recognized that snow shoveling can injure your back; now let’s look at tips from your Doylestown PA chiropractor to help you avoid such problems.

  1. If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance.
  2. Choose a snow shovel that is right for you! Be sure that your shovel has a curved handle, as this enables you to keep your back straighter when shoveling.  Obtain a shovel with an appropriate length handle. The length is correct when you can slightly bend your knees, flex your back 10 degrees or less, and hold the shovel comfortably in your hands at the start of the “shoveling stroke”.  A plastic shovel blade will generally be lighter than a metal one, thus putting less strain on your spine. Sometimes, a smaller blade is better than a larger blade. Although a small blade can’t shovel as much, it avoids the risk of trying to pick up a too heavy pile of snow with a larger blade.
  3. Push the snow, do not lift it. Pushing puts far less strain on the spine than lifting.
  4. Be sure your muscles are warm before you start shoveling. Cold, tight muscles are more likely to sprain or strain than warm, relaxed muscles.
  5. When you grip the shovel, make sure your hands are at least 12 inches apart. By creating distance between your hands, you increase your leverage and reduce the strain on your body.
  6. Your shoveling technique is very important. Dr. Jeff McQuaite recommends: “If you must lift the snow, lift it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight. Lift with your legs. Do not bend at the waist. Scoop small amounts of snow into the shovel and walk to where you want to dump it. Holding a shovel of snow with your arms outstretched puts too much weight on your spine. Never remove deep snow all at once; do it piecemeal. Shovel and inch or two; then take another inch off. Rest and repeat if necessary.” In addition to these comments, remember to move your feet rather than twisting.
  7. Never throw snow over your shoulder. Remember that wet snow can be very heavy. One full shovel load can weigh as much as 25 pounds.
  8. Pace yourself by taking frequent breaks to gently stretch your back, arms and legs.
  9. Consider buying a snow-blower. When used correctly, a snow-blower will put far less strain on your back than snow shoveling.

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By following these tips, you are far less likely to be injured while shoveling snow.  Finally, for those of us who are able bodied, it is always worth remembering neighbors on your block who might not be able to remove the snow from their sidewalks. A few minutes of help can make the world of difference to the well-being of a less able bodied person as well as make you a good neighbor!  Be safe this week and if you find yourself suffering from “snow shovelers back”, feel free to call our office!

McQuaite Chiropractic

295 Logan Stret

Doylestown, PA 18901

www.mcquaitechiropractic.com

267-247-7000