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Car Accidents and Work Injuries

Hello! I hope everyone has recovered from the holidays by now and looking forward to spring!

Sadly, I am hearing about a lot of motor-vehicle injuries among my patients, and I thought I would take a moment to explain how the insurance system works.

chart_whiplash.jpgIf you are involved in an accident, and are suffering from neck pain and/or headaches, back pain etc, you can make a claim for treatment from your car insurance. If you do this within 30 days of the accident, you are automatically covered Day One under the Pre-Approved Framework. To make it easy for you to get chiropractic treatment, all required paperwork is done in our office. There is no requirement on the part of insurance for you to see a family doctor first. Of course you may do so, but it is not required. In Ontario, Chiropractors are able to implement the treatment plan.

Some insurance companies may give you a list of "preferred providers", but you are under no obligation to go there.  Some patients have told me that the Emerg doc instructed them where to go, but again you may choose your care provider with no consequences.

Dr Keyes and staff have extensive experience treating motor-vehicle injuries involving whiplash syndromes. For more information please check our website, which explains whiplash and its treatment.

Regarding work injuries, such as back pain, similar principles apply. WSIB has something called the "program of lumbar_spine_arth.jpgcare for acute low back pian", or POC. Under this program, you may go directly to see Dr Keyes to implement the POC. There is no requirement to see an MD first, and the coverage again is Day One. There are paperwork requirements from your employer, who must complete form 7, and the worker must complete form 6. We complete form 8, and the POC form and bob's your uncle as the saying goes.

I hope that this information helps. If you are injured either on the road or at work please make your appointment to see us as soon as possible as research shows that the longer your injury is untreated the longer it will take to resolve.

Notwithstanding the above, please stay safe and don't get injured!

All the best,

Dr Warren Keyes :)