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If you were injured by a car, whether you were driving, walking, or on a bike at the time, in New York, the insurance company of the driver that hit you is required to help you get treatment to restore any damage caused. But you have to remember that in all legal processes, "If it isn't documented, then it didn't happen." In other words, if there's no evidence, you can't demonstrate that the damage happened during the accident.
This is why an accident report should be filled out with the police immediately at the time of the accident. This way an impartial authority has created a legal document describing the exact nature and extent of your injuries, which will be ideal evidence when the time comes to have your injuries treated. Most injuries become less visible as time goes by, so it's very important to document ALL damages by making sure that they are noted in written reports and photographs as soon as possible. Tell the police officer on the scene about all your injuries, and ensure that he writes them down.
The next most important thing to do is to be seen by a doctor immediately after the accident, and ideally to go to the emergency room. The doctor's notes are the best evidence of the complete extent of the injury when the time comes to have your treatment approved. Be sure that the doctor knows about all of your injuries, as physicians sometimes don't think about injuries to the teeth and jaw, since it's an area they don't usually treat. Remember, if it's not documented, it didn't happen!
Finally, if there are any injuries that are visible, take a picture! Most of us have high quality cameras in our pockets at all times. You'll likely have to wait to see the doctor anyway, so while you do, take pictures before the bruises fade and the cuts close up. The more you document now, the better.
Finally, as close to the accident as possible, you need to see a dentist that is a provider for no-fault insurers (car insurance). Broken teeth will stay broken until fixed, but injuries to the gums and jaw joints (TMJs) may not be as obvious if you wait, and the more information that's available when we examine them, the better we can treat the problems you have.
We have been treating car accident patients in Forest Hills, Queens for decades, so we know all the right steps to take to get your treatment approved as quickly as possible, fix any broken teeth, and treat the chronic pain of your jaw joints and the muscles of your face, neck and shoulders. No-fault cases and TMJ injuries are not easy to manage, so don't entrust your treatment to someone who's not an expert in these areas. Common mistakes made by dentists can delay your treatment by months, or even get your treatment denied. That's why you need to have an expert on your side.
We'll provide whatever treatment you need to make you whole again after an accident. Whether you need dental implants, cosmetic crowns, or even replacement of damaged dentures, we're here to help. If you have injuries from a car-related accident, Call us today at (718) 268-1561, or request a consultation.