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    Personal injury cases are some of the most common legal cases in civil court, ones we see at Wolf & Pravato very regularly. For 21 years, we have handled thousands of personal injury cases, and with each case comes more knowledge about our community and how to best serve our clients. Our personal injury attorneys will take the appropriate steps to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the proper care and compensation. We will advocate for your full financial and physical recovery through detailed, meticulous preparation for trial. You can trust the personal injury team at Wolf & Pravato to handle your case with the compassion and respect you deserve. When it comes to handling your personal injury case, there is no firm better than Wolf & Pravato.

    Many of the cases our team of personal injury attorneys handles involve auto accidents, as these cases are unfortunately very prevalent in Florida. In 2015 alone, Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange reported 374,523 crashes in the state, with 243,399 involving injuries and 2,939 resulting in traffic fatalities. While we do not like reporting such alarming numbers, it is important to make known that these auto accidents are happening regularly, and we want to ensure that those involved know who to call when it comes time to go to court, and what to do in the case of an injury that requires recovery treatment post-accident. Should you take the physical therapy route, or opt for chiropractic treatment instead? It is important to us at Wolf & Pravato to ensure that our clients are well-informed and knowledgeable about their options, especially when it comes to their own well-being. Let’s discuss each of these healing options a little more, so that if the times comes, you are able to make that personal decision about what works best for you and your current situation.

    According to Dr. Gena Chiropractic, a south Florida chiropractic care center, the injuries sustained from car accidents can have a considerable impact on spinal alignment, which can cause nervous system aberration and effect the surrounding soft tissue, resulting in major inflammation and damage. Chiropractors are able to help with soft tissue pain and injuries, and treat neck and back injuries as well as whiplash. In fact, 93% of whiplash cashes have seen improvement with chiropractic care.

    One thing to remember about a car accident is that as it happens, your adrenaline is at an all-time high. You may not feel a thing due to the shock, and you may not even remember exactly what happened. This alone is reason enough to make sure you receive medical attention immediately following an impactful car accident. Dr. Gena stresses that it is not uncommon for pain to sneak up on you days, or even weeks, after the actual occurrence.

    “It’s a good idea to have a spinal evaluation following a motor vehicle collision,” says Dr. Gena, “Less than 30% of nerve fibers are sensory in nature (transmit pain). This means that you could potentially feel okay following an injury, but your body functionality could still be negatively impacted. New issues, aches, and complaints may start to appear as some time passes following an accident, regardless of how you felt at the time of impact (while your adrenaline may still be pumping). Since reaction and recovery time can be affected by structural misalignments, fixations, and subluxations, it’s a good idea to have a chiropractic check-up.”

    Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment that reduces inflammation and scar tissue, offers pain relief without the use of drugs, reduces pain throughout the entire body, helps to avoid long-term pain, restores range of motion, and most importantly, improves a patient’s chance at making a successful claim. According to The Chiropractors at Arrowhead Clinics, when the accident injury is caused by another person, it’s up to that person’s insurance company to take care of the medical bills for the injured party’s treatment — only if the injured individual seeks medical attention immediately after the accident, otherwise there is a chance that the claim will be denied.

    As for physical therapy, it is beneficial in a different way, as it assists primarily in getting the injured party back to their usual routine. According to Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, a physical therapy program customized to an individual’s specific needs can help them return to their normal level of functioning, encourage activities and lifestyle changes to help prevent further injury, and improve overall health and well-being. In addition, the therapeutic exercises and techniques involving joint and soft tissue mobilization, treatments such as ultrasound, taping or electrical stimulation all help to relieve pain, restore muscle and join function to reduce pain, and prevent injuries from returning. Physical therapy also increases the chances of not having to have surgery, thus reducing healthcare costs; or in the case that surgery is required, you will be going into it a much stronger person, physically, and therefore will be able to recover more quickly.

    Physical therapy can also improve mobility and balance, assist in the management of diabetes and vascular conditions, age-related issues, heart and lung disease, women’s health and provide specialized treatments for conditions such as bowel incontinence, breast cancer, constipation, fibromyalgia, lymphedema, male pelvic health, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence.

    At Wolf & Pravato, we understand that therapy is very important when it comes to healing properly. This goes hand in hand with choosing the right personal injury attorney to handle your case, and thus ensure you receive the most amount of personal injury protection (PIP) insurance that you are entitled to in order to cover your medical expenses. We’ve discussed the legalities surrounding PIP insurance in Florida (link to blog post), and noted how PIP insurance requires the injured client’s insurer to take care of medical bills, which essentially means that the actual PIP case is the determinant of what kind of doctor will take in the patient for treatment and how it is paid for. By hiring the right personal injury attorney, such as one at Wolf & Pravato, where we always have our clients’ best interest in mind, you can rest assured you will get the best care possible from the best chiropractor or physical therapist around and be sure that it is handled correctly financially.

    Our team of personal injury lawyers at the law offices of Wolf & Pravato can answer all of your questions to help you to better understand your rights and what you are entitled to when it comes to accident injuries, and if we take on your case, we will help bring you to justice.

    If you have sustained injuries from an auto accident and are in need of a personal injury lawyer in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach of Fort Myers area, contact us immediately. Wolf & Pravato wants each and every one of their clients to feel at ease and comfortable with their choice in a personal injury law firm. Don’t wait, call us today at 954-522-5800 or schedule a private consultation online.

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