How to Document Your Auto Injury in Grand Junction

By on August 8, 2013

Part I of this four-part series examines why it’s critical to document auto injuries immediately.

You walked away from a car accident without a scratch, but that doesn’t mean you escaped without injury. While you may not feel any pain or see any injuries today, it is likely that you will experience some symptoms in a couple of days, weeks, or even months down the line. This is why it’s so important to visit our chiropractors in Grand Junction who will document auto injuries as soon as possible.

Motor vehicle injuries occur every 14 seconds; this is approximately 2.2 million automobile injuries in the U.S. every year.

Take These 3 Steps Immediately Following a Car Accident

First, have the police fill out a police report. Second, call your auto insurance company to report a claim. Third, call The Spine & Injury Center of Grand Junction chiropractors to begin documenting and treating your injuries immediately.


[box type=”info”]92% of all car accidents are due to human error.[/box]


Top 5 Reasons to Visit a Chiropractor As Soon As Possible

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  1. Chiropractic doctors set the benchmark of care for auto accidents, and you will not need a referral from a primary physician to begin treatment. Make an appointment for yourself and anyone else in the vehicle immediately following the accident.

  2. Immediate treatment reduces inflammatory response, which will limit injury to surrounding tissues and reduce pain. When swelling occurs it puts pressure on your nerves, muscles, joints, bones, and organs can cause pain and further injury.

  3. Auto insurance companies will say and do anything to avoid paying for follow-up care.  They will try to convince you that your injuries are not severe enough to merit ongoing treatment. If do not visit a doctor to document your injuries immediately after your accident, they may claim that your injury was not caused by the accident– and avoid paying.

  4. You can only collect compensation for your auto injuries if they are diagnosed, and more importantly, documented. Never let an insurance company convince you to stop chiropractic treatment. By receiving immediate care you prevent latent injuries from progressing rapidly.  Even if there is no immediate pain, an initial examination protects you should physical complications arise.

  5. Remember that insurance companies often recommend their own doctors, but what they don’t tell you is that the doctor may work for the company or does not have your best interest at heart. The suggested doctor may not even be an auto injury specialist. Only a Grand Junction auto accident chiropractor, like Dr. Angello can present personalized treatment options and documentation of your injuries.



[box type=”info”]By properly documenting your injuries, you enable yourself to maintain the chiropractic treatments you need to make a full recovery.[/box]


What Types of Injuries Should You Document?

Even a small fender bender can have grave consequences on your health. Research shows that serious injury to the spine and neck, as well as whiplash can occur at speeds as slow as 10 mph. The amount of damage to your car is not directly related to the amount of damage to your body. This makes it essential to call a local Grand Junction chiropractor who specializes in documenting all types of vehicle injuries.

During your initial visit, a chiropractic doctor like Dr. Angello will examine you for the elusive signs of injury to your spine, neck, and other areas. He will complete a checklist of your chief symptoms, propose a treatment plan with progress reports, and provide proper documentation of your injuries using a comprehensive narrative.


1. Malm S, Krafft M, Kullgren A, Ydenius A, Tingvall C. Risk of permanent medical impairment (RPMI) in road traffic accidents. Folksam Research Stockholm, Sweden and Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden. PMID:19026226, 2008

2. Freeman MD, Croft AC, Rossignol AM, Weaver DS, Reiser M: A review and methodologic critique of the literature refuting whiplash syndrome. Spine 24(1):86-96, 1999


More than 10% of all vehicle occupants with initial injuries sustain a lifelong medical impairment according to the CDC..

More than 10% of all vehicle occupants with initial injuries sustain a lifelong medical impairment.

Call us today at (970) 248-9833 so we can help you document and treat your accident injuries.


Join us next week when we cover: What Auto Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.

-Most injuries occur at a speed of less than 12 MPH.
-More than 50% of all vehicles in rear-impact, lower-speed collisions do not sustain damage.
-There’s no correlation linking vehicle damage and the severity of your injury.



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