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The First 4 Steps to Get Massage Therapy After a Car Accident

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When I was hit by a drunk driver, the last thing I wanted was to mess with insurance. The other guy’s insurance company was willing to pay for massage therapy. But I didn’t have the time. And as a result, I was not fully protected.

Massage Therapy is one of the most effective healing tools available. It calms the muscles and mind down after a traumatic incident. It increases blood flow to the muscles, which increases healing. A great massage therapist will ask about the accident, and learn which muscles were tightened and harmed during the accident. As a result, your body will heal. Massage Therapy is the science of healing muscle. It is the only industry focused exclusively on healing muscle tightness and soreness. Seek out a massage therapist immediately if you are in a car accident to prevent those muscles from staying tight because of whiplash or injury.

I have outlined the steps describing how to get massage therapy for a car accident (or any accident) with the other person’s insurance company paying for it. These steps are the first 4 steps you should take immediately. Within 24 hours of the accident, take these steps to protect yourself. You must act quickly, or you may forfeit your care to the insurance company’s policies. To ensure you are well, follow these 4 steps below.

1. VISIT a Doctor or Chiropractor for a Doctor’s Note

You need a doctor’s recommendation for a massage. It’s a medical recommendation, like any other activity or prescription. Schedule a single doctor’s visit, and have your doctor recommend massage therapy as treatment. If you are injured on the weekend, visit a 24 hour clinic. Any doctor can prescribe massage therapy if you ask for it. But you must ask for it.

2. TREAT Yourself Immediately

The insurance companies have a policy called having a “Gap in Care.” It means that if you are not getting your treatments consistently and immediately after the accident, then you are not really hurt. If you are going to get massage therapy to remedy accident pain, then start immediately. And don’t stop getting regular treatments until you are better. Changes to your treatment plan or providers is fine, but do NOT stop getting some sort of treatment, or the insurance companies will claim you have a “gap in care.” And they will not accept your claim.

3. BEWARE of Delayed Pain

Whiplash can show up several weeks after accident. What happens is that the body goes into hyper-protection mode, as a safety measure. It pours adrenaline, and other chemicals into your body for several weeks to protect you from hurting (so you can escape the dangerous land of other cave people, ya know, with deadly mountain lions and other creatures). Then your body starts repairing weeks later. That repair period is when the pain really start.

Often, you won’t seek immediate treatment because you feel fine, then you start feeling really bad weeks later. Continue your massage therapy treatments for at least a month to make sure you prevent serious whiplash from affecting your productivity. The insurance companies understand this too. So continue treatment for at least month. And longer if you are genuinely in pain.

4. ASK Questions of the Insurance Company

Some insurance companies pay as you go. Other insurance companies want to pay out the claim at the end of treatment. Ask them lots of questions on their process. The adjustor is simply following a set of rules. If you can learn the rules, you can make the most of the claim (and save yourself a lot of headaches). Work within the system, not against it. Some great questions include, “How does the claim process work?” “Can I get checks as I submit receipts, or do you pay out all at once towards the end.”

Regardless of what happened, everyone involved wants to see you get better fast. So act quickly. And start a consistent treatment, and continue with it, until you are better. Good luck and Feel Better!

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Source by Mark E. Berry

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5 Major Types of Accidents You Can Claim Compensation For

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The myth that you are safe once away from the accident prone zone such as road or industry is proved when even the most innocent looking circumstances become the reason for the unforeseen accidents. Here are the 5 major types of accidents which might lead to claim for a compensation.

Workplace accidents

Accidents well never forewarn you. Workplaces are deceptive places which however seemingly safe, are the locations for maximum number of accidents reported in the UK. Workplace accidents can be simple burns, cuts or lacerations and sometimes even fatal.

It is mandatory that your employer gives you protection against these through employee’s insurance. However, while claiming accident compensation the insurance company will pay you the insurance money along with the damages incurred by you.

Usually personal injuries that are seen in workplace accidents are slip, trip and fall, which might lead to back, neck and head injuries, cuts and lacerations. Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, vibrations to body parts, etc. are common in ergonomically uncomfortable workplaces.

Road and vehicular accidents

Road accidents while on job are common for those who are in sales or delivery jobs. This causes injuries such as whiplash, neck injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, loss of body parts, loss of hearing, loss of eye sight and in worst cases, death.

In road accidents, it is best to talk to a accident lawyer before making any claim. There might be twists and turns of the laws that you might not be aware of when to comes to road accidents. Since the company is no way involved in this and this seems to have happened away from the factory of office premises, there might be legal implications that you need to clear. Also, talking directly with the insurers without any of this knowledge will only create trouble for you. you might even lose potential chunk of the compensation.

Diseases

Contracting diseases due to workplace chemicals or agents is another serious condition that takes many years to detect and requires high amount of compensation. Most of these cases end up in permanent damage or death. They involve changing of jobs which is very stressful for most people.

Faulty product and machinery

Accidents due to faulty machines and products are less, but not uncommon. People get allergies from products, burns from faulty electronics and many more. The product manufacturer is guilty and can be charged for compensation for the loss. Letting an expert lawyer do this will be of less headache to you.

Sports injury

Most neglected topic is sports injuries. This is not just for the sports stars, but also for aspirants who train hard and meet with accidents that ends up ruining their career in sports. Broken arms, legs, ligament tears all are claimable.

Hire proper accident injury compensation lawyers to win your case claim compensation.

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Source by Jeesh Muake

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Personal Injury Law – Types of Personal Injuries

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Personal injury is a vast topic with hundreds of titles listed below it. It is very vague, simply because it is nearly impossible to predict what kind of injury any given accident may cause as it is nearly impossible to predict how a person will react during that accident. There is no definition as to what can be treated as a personal injury and what cannot. A guilty or not guilty verdict in a personal injury lawsuit is determined merely by the circumstances surrounding the accident itself and what caused it.

Common Personal Injuries

The most common injury behind most personal injury lawsuits are slip-and-fall injuries. These occur usually at the negligence of another person from failing to keep an area clean and free of debris or slippery substances. The most common causes of slip-and-fall cases are snow and ice, and failure to properly clean wet floors – both completely preventable. Injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents are often listed individually when determining compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.

Head Injuries

Head injuries are common in personal injury claims. At times, shelves can be poorly placed or improperly secured, resulting in head injuries from bumping the top of the head or from a shelf or other item falling from its place. Head injuries caused from slip-and-fall accidents can also be added to a list of injury compensation in a slip-and-fall case. Motor vehicle accident claims also often include head injuries.

Broken Bones in Body

Broken bones are another common type of person injury. These are also often associated with slip-and-fall accidents, but also occur in instances where heavy equipment is involved in accidents. Some cases involving broken bones may stem from causes such as fist fights or more obscure occurrences. Another common cause for broken bone claims is far accidents.

Soft Tissue Damage

Soft tissue damage, such as internal bruising or whiplash is just as dangerous as hard tissue damage like broken bones or concussions. Internal bleeding is harder to determine the severity and more difficult to control. Whiplash can have detrimental, lifelong effects on a person’s mobility of their neck. Soft tissue damage can also lay on major organs like the kidneys, stomach, intestines, lungs and heart which can also effect a person for the rest of their lives.

No matter what kind of injury, if it was caused by the negligence or fault of another person or business, it may be worth speaking to a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer about. While it may seem far fetched, personal injury lawyers are trained to use the evidence at hand in combination with the laws in the area to find a reasonable outcome for their clients.

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Source by James Paul Williams

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Top 5 Common Consequences of Concussions

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1. Headache

Headaches are the most common problem after a concussion. There are a variety of types of headaches that can occur after a concussion. Largely, they are similar to the types of headaches that occur in the non-concussed population. However, those who have sustained concussions sometimes have other concussion-related problems that make treating the headaches more challenging – e.g. binocular vision disorders, visuo-vestibular mismatch, autonomic dysfunction, etc. – and that necessitate and multidisciplinary approach like that offered at our York Region medical clinic and York Region Physiotherapy sites.

2. Neck Pain

Whiplash is a neck injury that commonly occurs in conjunction with a concussion. There is no hard-and-fast rule on the force required to cause a concussion but many biomechanical studies seem to feel that a concussion occurs with forces about the head of above 80 – 95g. Similarly, in the classic “rear-end” motor vehicle accident, it has been shown that only a 12g force (corresponding to an impact speed of 32 km/h) is required to cause whiplash.

3. Dizziness/Imbalance

The specific reason for a particular case of dizziness/poor balance after a concussion can vary. In general, however, it is due to some change in the way the vestibule functions, the way signals are transmitted from the vestibule to the brain, the way the brain processes those signals and/or the way the brain utilizes this information to regulate your automatic reflexes – reflexes that most of us take for granted as we are generally not consciously aware of them. Vestibular in an integrative fashion therapy like that offered at our Aurora physiotherapy & rehabilitation centre is called for.

4. Sensitivity to Light

This is a common complaint after a concussion and often gets better with the right therapy. Immediately helpful measures include avoiding offensive lighting and using sunglasses to cope when the lighting is beyond your control. Management of your energy, sleep, autonomic nervous system training and treating any vestibular and binocular vision abnormalities will also improve this symptom. Our Thornhill location, more centrally located for those seeking sports physiotherapy in Vaughan or physiotherapy in Markham, offers vision therapy for those seeking a post-concussion syndrome specialist in Toronto and its surrounding area with expertise in binocular vision disorders.

5. Insomnia

It is thought that brain synaptic activity returns to a low baseline rate during sleep as compared to when one is awake, when it consumes 80% of the brain’s energy. Sleep quantity, quality and timing are all important variables that require attention and they are commonly manipulated by athletes to train for success.

Lack of effective sleep can also cause other problems – e.g., cognitive issues, headaches, etc. – in and of itself, further confounding the post-concussion clinical assessment. It is useful to regulate sleep and make it as effective as possible. The most effective way to do this is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, offered at the York Region Concussion Clinic.

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Source by Nicola Siliprandi

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Why Does a Bone Seem to Stick Out in My Upper Back and How Can I Prevent It Or Get Rid of It?

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Usually when I see this it is associated with forward head posture. Forward head posture occurs for many reasons. You may have had a neck injury or whiplash injury that shifted the spine and was never corrected, or it could be from repetitive motion or a repetitive posture.

Especially with the emergence of computers, laptops and mobile devices you see many people who log long hours with their head down and forward. This is the posture I’m referring to.

What happens as the head shifts forward is that the cervical spine often loses curvature. The upper back follows and starts to hunch outward. This often creates what is called an increased khyphosis. A khyphotic curve is in your dorsal or thoracic spine, otherwise known as your upper and mid back. In the neck and lower back the curvature opens towards the back and is called a lordosis.

An accentuation of one of these curves is called Hyperlordosis, and a flattening or loss of one of these curvatures is referred to as a Hypolordosis. One more thing to note is that in some cases of forward head and hunching of the upper back we see a cervical khyphosis. This is when the normal “C” curve in the neck, the cervical lordosis, actually curves in the wrong direction. And don’t forget, any misalignment, even millimeters, is enough to block the nerve flow over 50% of the normal amount.

A cervical khyphosis puts an abnormally large amount of stress on the spine as well as the spinal cord, nerves, and neck and upper back muscles. Imagine taking a loose rubber band, pulling and stretching it, this is analogous to what you would be doing to your spinal cord. However, this is a topic for another ezine.

Let’s get back to the upper back. In some cases we see extreme humping of the upper back and a hyper khyphosis in the thoracic spine. This is often associated with severe degeneration and osteoporosis. We will sometimes see fractures of the vertebrae allowing this extreme change in alignment to occur. This is called a Dowager’s Hump.

What ever the case, I see hunching out of the upperback more often than I like. I see it in patients, and often they present into the office with neck or back pain, but not always. I also see it sometimes in relatives, people at the grocery store, you name it, just look around.

Remember that if your posture is starting to look like this, then your spine inside is looking like this also, and it usually will continue to worsen. Use postural exercises to prevent as well as get rid of this hump. Also, always be aware of your posture; this can make a huge difference because you can correct it if you are in one position to long or find yourself with your head forward to often. Lastly, a great posture correction tool is a neck pillow. Not only will it prevent this bad posture but it will keep the nerves free from pressure in other instances too.

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Source by Matthew Bellinger

Assured Health Physiotherapy clinic is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in New Westminster which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, Acup, etc.

Assured Health Physiotherapy is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

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Car Accidents Near Cooper City

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Cooper City is a small city in Broward County, Florida, with a population of just under 30,000. With Davie to the North, Pembroke Pines to the South, and Hollywood to the East, Cooper City is a city many call home, but also a city many pass through to get to their destination.

As a small city, and once named one of the top towns in which to raise a family, Cooper City is considered safe. Still, it is no stranger to local car accidents. Furthermore, with larger cities like Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, and Davie just minutes away, the area is often plagued with motor vehicle accidents. In fact, Broward County has the second highest number of crashes in the state.

There were 380 accidents reported in Cooper City in 2015. Of those accidents, 4.21% were alcohol-related. In Pembroke Pines, Davie and Hollywood, a combined 9,800 more accidents were reported.*

Despite its small size compared to larger city areas like Fort Lauderdale, thousands of local residents are injured in automotive accidents.

Some of the most common injuries after a crash include:

  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Contusions
  • Head trauma
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones

Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries. This injury occurs when the neck is thrust forward and then back again against the headrest rapidly. The whipping motion can cause the neck muscles and ligaments to become strained, leading to pain, discomfort, and often, headaches.

What to Do After a Cooper City Car Crash
Did you know that the majority of auto accidents occur just a few miles away from your home? The moments after any accident can be terrifying. Although you may be in shock, keeping some of these tips in mind can help you.

  • Check for injuries and call an ambulance if required
  • If possible, move the vehicle out of the way of oncoming traffic
  • Make sure your vehicle’s hazards lights are on
  • Contact Cooper City police, even if the accident is minor
  • Exchange insurance information with the other driver involved
  • Be polite, do not blame anyone or say you were at fault, even if you think you may have been
  • When giving the police a statement, state only the facts

After you have left the accident scene,
contact a chiropractor near Cooper City. Even if you do not think you suffered serious injuries, a complete medical examination and imaging tests can help you determine if you suffered any musculoskeletal injuries.

Even after a wreck, some injury symptoms may not become apparent until days after the crash, which is why medical attention is essential after any Cooper City accident. Florida law requires drivers to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance. Those who suffered injuries may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in medical benefits to help with medical expenses after a crash.

*Data provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles

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Source by Sandy Schneider

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How Much Is Your ICBC Personal Injury Claim Worth?

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Your ICBC claim’s worth is based on what you’ve lost and the amount of harm done to you as a result of your car accident. Your harms and losses are called damages.

Harms and losses form your claim from the time of your accident until as long as you are expected to suffer each particular harm and loss. The following are the most common harms and losses:

  1. pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life;
  2. loss of past income;
  3. loss of future earning capacity;
  4. loss of opportunity;
  5. out-of-pocket expenses (special damages);
  6. cost of your future care; and
  7. cost for help with your family responsibilities and your home.

This is not a complete list, but instead sets out the usual harms and losses.

What are these harms and losses and how are they calculated?

1. Pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Pain and suffering includes all your symptoms, pain, psychological problems, cognitive impairments, and emotional difficulties that were caused or materially contributed to from your car accident). Loss of enjoyment of life is your limitations stemming from your symptoms, pain, psychological problems, and emotional difficulties. For example, if you suffered a whiplash injury, your pain and suffering is your neck pain and headaches and perhaps back pain. Your resulting loss of enjoyment of life is all the things you can’t do or can’t do as well or as frequently as you could do before your car accident.

The Supreme Court of Canada said in 1978 that money is awarded for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life because “it will serve a useful function in making up for what has been lost in the only way possible, accepting that what has been lost is incapable of being replaced in any direct way (from the court decision in Andrews v. Grand & Toy Alta. Ltd. [1978] 2 S.C.R. 229.

In the Andrews case the Supreme Court of Canada put a maximum on the amount of money that could be awarded for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. In 1978 the cap was $100,000. As of December 2007, taking inflation into account, the maximum was $320,000.

Therefore, if you sustained X, Y, and Z injuries, the court will use previous cases of similar injuries as a guideline in determining how much to award you. Since every injured person has unique circumstances as well as similarities to previous cases, the court will also consider your circumstances in coming up with a damages award.

2. Loss of past income

For income loss stemming from car crashes, the income amount awarded by courts is what an injured person’s after-tax income would have been. The injured person must prove the income loss.

Presently, the tax deduction is calculated by adding up the entire income loss and then assessing as if it was earned at the time of trial. Then the previous tax year’s marginal tax rates are applied. Consequently, if you were off work for more than one year, the tax rate applied may be higher than if your income was split up over the years you were off work. However, if your income loss is not for a full year and you had other earnings, those other earnings are not added to the income loss amount. This means that in this scenario your income loss deduction may be a lower marginal rate than all your earnings for that year warrant.

The only tax deduction available is the basic personal exemption.

3. Loss of future earning capacity

Damages are awarded for loss of future earning capacity when there is a substantial possibility that injured persons will have less income-earning capacity in the future. Because this award is based on the future, there is no way to determine it with mathematical certainty. Therefore courts determine it using a best or informed estimate based on the medical, educational, and employment evidence.

Another way courts term this loss is a loss of capital asset. The capital asset is the injured person’s ability to earn income. Factors (from Brown v. Golaiy [1985 B.C.J. No. 31] the Court can consider when determining this loss are as follows:

  1. whether the injured person is less capable overall from earning income from all types of employment;
  2. whether the injured person is less marketable or attractive as an employee to potential employers;
  3. whether the injured person has lost the ability to take advantage of all job opportunities which might otherwise have been open had he [or she] not been injured; and
  4. whether the plaintiff is less valuable to himself [or herself] as a person capable of earning income in a competitive labour market.

4. Loss of opportunity

Generally this loss falls under the loss of earning capacity which is described above. However, sometimes the circumstances in a case are such where an injured person’s loss is most accurately termed and considered a loss of opportunity. Usually this loss is the loss of opportunity to work or develop a particular vocation. An example from a British Columbia case is a triathlete whose injuries prevented her from entering the “very top rank” of professional triathletes (Bonham v. Smith [1998] B.C.J. No. 98) para. 42).

In order to prove a loss of opportunity, you must show a “reasonable chance of being successful” (Bonham para. 42).

5. Out-of-pocket expenses (special damages)

From the time of your auto accident to the date it’s resolved you will almost certainly spend some money in some form or another as a result of your crash. These out-of-pocket expenses form part of your claim as a special damage.

In order to receive money for your out-of-pocket expenses, you must show that the money was spent and it was reasonable to spend the money. The following are expenses that can form part of your claim:

  1. transportation/mileage to medical visits;
  2. vehicle damage (if not already paid);
  3. vehicle rental costs;
  4. medical and rehabilitation expenses (i.e. physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage therapy, gym/pool memberships, etc.);
  5. extra hospital costs;
  6. dental expenses; and
  7. cost for past help in your home and yard.

6. Cost of your future care

At some point your claim will resolve by way of settlement or trial, yet you may still require treatment and care such as rehabilitation, fitness facility access, medication, equipment, and assistance, into the future. In order to successfully claim for future care, you must prove that it’s a substantial possibility you will require it.

7. Cost for future help with your family responsibility and home (a.k.a. loss of housekeeping capacity).

If your injuries prevent you from doing some or all you used to be able to do and did in and around your home and for your family, then you can claim for future assistance in and around your home. Again the test for proof is that your loss of housekeeping capacity is a substantial possibility.

At the start of this article I said you are entitled to the applicable above damages if you aren’t 100 per cent at fault for your car crash. If you are zero per cent at fault, then you receive all the damages assessed. However, if you are found 40 per cent at fault, then once all the damages are assessed under the above applicable harms and losses, the Court will reduce the amount by 40 per cent (or whatever per cent you were found at fault).

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Source by Jon Dykstra

Assured Health Physiotherapy clinic is an Interdisciplinary medical clinic located in New Westminster which offers several premedical services such as RMT, physiotherapy, chiropractic, RMT, Acup, etc.

Assured Health Physiotherapy is also offering medical products such as Custom-made orthotics, Compression Stockings, braces, and TENS machines.

To find out more, please Contact Assured Health Physiotherapy in New Westminster at 604-526-2671