Personal Injury Treatment
Personal Injury Treatment by Providers experienced with treating personal injury patients are usually more familiar with injuries associated with collisions, motor vehicle accidents, and blunt trauma. A large portion of these injuries are orthopedic musculoskeletal trauma. These orthopedic injuries may include head, spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral), pelvis, joints, and extremities.
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging (AOI) can help Providers by giving Patient requests for consultation to the provider so that the Patients are contacted quickly for an appointment. AOI also can provide quality Diagnostic Imaging services to the Providers to help them diagnose and treat Patients.
AOI reduces Provider clinical staff burden by helping ensure Patients complete the scans before the next scheduled Patient follow-up visit. We work with the Providers, Radiologists, Imaging Centers, and the Patient Personal Injury Attorney to best coordinate and schedule the Patient on the required equipment and at the most convenient location.
Personal Injury Treatment - Common Legal Advice for Providers & Patients
Personal Injury Treatment should begin immediately after an accident. Establishing treatment records early that are associated with the injury is a critical component of a Personal Injury Case. Treating Providers are often Specialists that have much more credibility than hired medical experts who are sometimes perceived by judges and juries as being monetarily incentivized.
Linking the accident and injuries together are very important. The Personal Injury Patient (injury victim) must seek medical treatment immediately after the accident. The defense may claim that there is no Accident/Injury linkage because of delays or waiting for advice from a Personal Injury Attorney. This delay may be used as an indication that either a pre-existing condition or another unrelated cause occurred after the accident claim.
Rehabilitation and Follow-Up Treatment:
Injury victims should strictly follow the Provider or Doctor’s orders regarding follow-up treatment, or instructions regarding waiting before returning to work, or participation with recreational activities. This is especially true if the injury victim is on pain medication that may temporarily relieve or numb pain enough were recreational activities (when not advised by a medical professional) may cause further damage or the activity may be exploited through video surveillance by the defense attorney.
Medical Records should contain the injury victim’s accident, injuries and treatment as important evidence in a Personal Injury Case. The treatment commencement date immediately after the accident better links the accident and the injuries for a stronger case and may support an early settlement.
It is totally acceptable for a Personal Injury Attorney to discuss the Treatment Plan and Medical Records of the Patient (injury victim) when proper authorization is given. Sometimes a Provider nurse or medical assistant has not transcribed the Doctor’s words. Getting the transcription done can be be helpful. There are voice detection and dictation software tools available that are often helpful in assisting the Provider, Physician, or Doctor with recording notes without the need for a nurse or medical assistant to create the transcription.
Personal Injury Treatment Modalities
For the best recovery and outcome, it is important to receive Personal Injury Treatment from Healthcare Medical Providers where it is most needed.
There are numerous Medical Providers. This may include:
Hospital Emergency Room, Surgery Center, Hospital In-Patient, Out-Patient Facility, Family Practice, Urgent Care, After-Hours Clinic, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Rheumatology, Radiology; Chiropractor, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Care, and Home Healthcare.
Personal Injury Treatment may involve multiple treatment modalities to get the best short-term and long-term results. Although some Primary Care Physicians may provide some muti-modal approaches, generally, specialists will have more specialized knowledge training and equipment related to personal injury and specific areas of discipline.
Personal Injury Treatment Modalities can vary depending on the type and severity of the injury. These modalities are often used to alleviate pain, promote healing, and improve the overall function of the injured area. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper assessment and personalized treatment plan.
Personal Injury Treatment Modalities May Include The Following :
Rest is often the first step in treating many personal injuries. It allows the body time to heal or stabilize and reduces the risk of further damage.
ICE: Applying ice packs or cold compresses can help reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain in the early stages of an injury.
HEAT: Heat therapy, such as hot packs or warm baths, can help relax muscles and improve blood flow, which can be beneficial in the later stages of injury.
3) Physical Therapy:
Physical therapists can design exercise programs to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and promote recovery after an injury.
4) Analgesic (Pain) Medications:
Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications can help manage pain and discomfort associated with injuries.
Splints, braces, slings, or casts may be used to immobilize and support injured areas, helping with the healing process.
6) Compression Therapy:
Compression bandages or garments can help reduce swelling and provide support for injured limbs.
7) Elevation & Gravity:
Elevating an injured body part above the level of the heart can reduce swelling and improve blood flow.
8) Injury Massage Therapy:
Therapeutic massage can help relieve pain, relax muscles, reduce tension, and promote circulation in aiding recovery.
9) Electrical Stimulation:
Modalities like electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can help relieve pain and stimulate muscle contraction.
10) Therapeutic Ultrasound:
“Therapeutic” Ultrasound or Ultrasound Therapy is a medical treatment modality that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to provide Therapeutic benefits to injured or painful tissues. Unlike Diagnostic Ultrasound, which is primarily used for imaging and visualization, Therapeutic Ultrasound focuses on using ultrasound waves to stimulate and promote healing in targeted areas of the body. .
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to alleviate pain and promote healing.
12) Chiropractic Care:
Chiropractors can manipulate the spine and joints to improve alignment, reduce pain, and enhance overall mobility.
13) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
CBT may be recommended to help individuals cope with the emotional and psychological effects of a personal injury, especially if it leads to chronic pain or disability.
14) Surgical Intervention:
In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged tissues or address severe injuries.
15) Assistive Devices:
Depending on the nature of the injury, mobility aids like crutches, wheelchairs, or orthopedic shoes may be prescribed to assist with daily activities.
16) Nutrition and Dietary Guidance:
A balanced diet rich in nutrients can support the body’s healing process and overall well-being.
17) Non-Analgesic Medications:
In addition to pain medications, other medications may be prescribed to manage specific symptoms or complications related to the injury.
It’s crucial to work closely with a Healthcare Medical Provider or Rehabilitation Specialist to determine the most appropriate treatment modalities for your specific injury and to monitor your progress throughout the recovery process. Treatment plans may evolve over time as the injury heals and rehabilitation progresses.
Medical Imaging - Order Form:
The Medical Imaging – Order Form & Scheduling Methods can have a significant impact on order scheduling, reduction of delays, compliance, fulfillment, and reduction of processing errors.
If a Provider Physician or Doctor practice does not have a custom system designed to automatically generate a Diagnostic Imaging Order, then an alternative electronically generated or manually generated one may be needed that is signed by the Provider Physician, Doctor, Physician Assistant or other authorized signer.
The Order Form replaces the use of hand written standard prescription (script) pads for Diagnostic Imaging service scans because of the complexity and optional modalities of scans. Order Forms make it much easier. Imaging Centers often provide their own highly branded, advertised, and multiple location order form to a Provider Physician or Doctor healthcare practice for their convenience.
However, the order may need to be directed to another location to better suit the needs of the Patient, Attorney Firm on behalf of the Patient, or the Provider on behalf of the Patient. When the highly branded and advertised Imaging Center order form goes to another Imaging Center location it may cause confusion or duplicate scheduling among competing locations.
The Imaging Center order form advertisements with multiple service locations also causes confusion with your patient who may go to the wrong location not scheduled, or cause Patient self-schedule or walk-in without knowing the equipment requirements. This often leads to a no-show, non-compliance, wasted patient travel, or attempted service at a location without the proper equipment or Provider authorization. It can also lead to duplicate scans for the same order.
Our AOI consolidated standard unbranded Diagnostic Imaging Order Form makes scheduling, review, and processing of the documentation much easier and causes less confusion. Regardless of the Attorney Firm location, Provider practice location, or Imaging Center location, the burden of Order Administration is reduced and made more simple.
ATLANTA ORTHOPAEDIC IMAGING:
Medical Imaging - Scheduling:
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging schedules Personal Injury Patients (injured victims) for Diagnostic Imaging (scans) to help ensure that the procedure is scheduled at the proper location, with the proper equipment, and both the representing Attorneys and the ordering Healthcare Providers are updated as follows.
Proper Equipment: The Diagnostic Imaging scans are performed using the necessary equipment as ordered by the Healthcare Provider for the best results.
Proper Location: Not all locations will have the necessary imaging scan equipment for the specific injured victim. In some cases, a location may need to be chosen that is most convenient for the injured victim but the location must also have the proper equipment as ordered by the Healthcare Provider. The first priority is performing scans with sufficient quality to support the Healthcare Provider requirements and injured victim treatment. This also supports the injured victim’s legal case.
Healthcare Provider Updates: It is very important that a Follow-up Appointment with the ordering Healthcare Provider can be scheduled in advance and for a date after completion of the scans. The Healthcare Provider Patient Care Coordinator helps manage care of the injured victim. The coordinator must be updated on the scheduling status of scheduled scans to avoid delays and to ensure the ordering Healthcare Provider or Physician has access and can review the the scans before the next appointment.
Attorney Updates: The Attorney legal Case Manager must be updated on the scheduling status of scheduled scans “Before” service is performed. This is very important as the Case Manager manages all documentation related to the case and may need to confirm the same order was not already placed or completed for another Healthcare Provider. This can happen when a Client (injured victim) forgets to disclose a diagnostic history to a another treating physician. Informing the Case Manager of schedule updates “Before” service completion helps to prevent this.
Contact Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging from our Contacts page or speak to one of our team members for guidance on scheduling medical imaging scan services as part of the Personal Injury Case medical care and treatment process.
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Personal Injury Finance
Atlanta Orthopaedic Imaging and our network of Personal Injury Finance partners can help if the injury victim is uninsured. We can provide a great alternative for insured injury victims that have insufficient or exhausted medical coverage, low policy limits, high deductibles, and high out‐of‐pocket expenses. In many Personal Injury Cases, we can find support services for the injured victim and defer payment until the legal case is settled or trial verdict funds disbursed. Contact us using our Contact page or speak to one of our team members for any required assistance.
We also offer Healthcare Provider pre‐settlement finance on some cases where it is a viable option. This may improve cash flow and reduce risks associated Healthcare Provider financing.