Injured in an Auto Accident
Personal Injury / Expert Witness
Dr. Christopher Bretz is exceptionally well-trained and prepared to provide specialized care to those who have sustained injuries in auto, boating, and motorcycle accidents, especially low speed rear impact accidents, or those who have fallen or been injured at someone’s place of business or private property. Dr. Christopher Bretz will not only quickly and confidentially diagnose the extent of your injuries, provide the therapies and treatments you may need to restore mobility, health and wellness, but having received official judicial designation as a qualified expert in Chiropractic Medicine and Bio-Mechanical Trauma by the Circuit Court of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, Florida, Dr. Christopher Bretz is also uniquely qualified to refer you to an experienced local personal injury attorney and serve as an expert witness in your case should you and your attorney need such expert assistance. As a member of the American Association of Automotive Medicine and the SAE, he has handled more than 30,000 cases and has served as an expert witness in thousands of cases, both for the plaintiff and the defense.
1What type of doctor should I see following an accident?
If you have been seriously hurt, you should see an emergency room physician first. If you feel that your injuries do not require immediate attention, you should see a physician that is experienced in dealing with auto related injuries. Many choose to see chiropractic physicians due to their expertise in musculoskeletal related problems.
Dr. Christopher Bretz has advanced degrees for treatment of auto injuries, as well as accident reconstruction and has over 30 years experience as an expert witness in auto injury cases.
2 Who pays for my medical bills?
The Florida law requires all drivers to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This part of your insurance policy covers you in the event that you sustain injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Because Florida is considered a “No Fault” state, your insurance company covers your medical bills regardless of fault.
Revive Medical Spa staff can handle your claims so you can focus on getting well.
3Can I choose my own doctor?
You may choose to go to any chiropractic physician, medical physician or specialist without referral. Your auto insurance company will cover your medical bills regardless of your choice of physicians.
4Should I hire an attorney?
The decision to hire an attorney is an important process that needs careful consideration. It is not a requirement for you to retain an attorney in order for you to receive treatment. Many patients decide to retain an attorney when their injuries are considered permanent, have lost wages or earning capacity, will incur future medical expenses, have significant pain/suffering and other “non-economic losses”, etc.
Revive Medical Spa will provide the appropriate medical records, narratives and documentation to your attorney upon request. If you need help finding an attorney, we will assist you in finding an experienced and reputable attorney that is capable of handling your case.
5How long does it take to heal from my injuries?
This all depends on the type of injury you sustained from your accident. The most common type of injury is a soft tissue injury. Soft tissues are comprised of muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and nerves. Because the first 72 hours after an injury are crucial for treatment, seeking immediate treatment for your injuries will enhance your chances of recovery.
6Should I go see a chiropractic physician or a medical doctor?
Again, if you have a medical emergency, you should see an emergency room physician. However, if your condition is not an emergency, chiropractic physicians are often the first choice for the treatment and management of auto injuries because the focus of their practices are on musculoskeletal conditions. Also, most medical offices are not equipped as physical medicine centers to treat auto injuries.
Revive Medical Spa is fully equipped to care for your auto injuries. We also work closely with other physicians so that you can get the proper care.