Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Accident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C., Can You See an Acupuncturist?

Many of our Korean and Chinese speaking automobile accident clients prefer a doctor who speaks their native language. Many of these same personal injury clients prefer an acupuncture doctor over a chiropractor or an orthopaedist. The questions presented are what is appropriate medical care, and what is appropriate care in an accident case in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Assuming the injury was not a bulging or herniated disc, our personal injury clients have treated with acupuncturists and have at the same time obtained great physical results from them, as well as great monetary results from insurance companies. Obtaining medical treatment from acupuncturists is a common occurrence in the Chinese community throughout Rockville, Silver Spring, and Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The world health organization recognizes acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to treat automobile accident injuries, including neck, back, shoulder, and knee injuries. Acupuncture itself is more than three thousand years old and works through the distribution of meridians. The meridians are passages through which blood is circulated. Needling the acupuncture points unblocks obstructions at the meridians and re-established blood flow and corrects imbalances. It is believed that needling stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. In turn, the chemicals alter the pain experience or trigger the release of other chemicals which influence the bodies own internal regulating system. The improved biochemical balance results in stimulation of the bodies natural healing abilities.

Acupuncture treatment in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., in all automobile accident cases should be prescribed by a medical doctor. Statutes in these jurisdictions are unclear as to whether a liability insurance carrier must pay for this treatment otherwise. Courts will allow the treatment for automobile accident injuries, but with no objection by the insurance carrier, if there is a prescription. Further, PIP and Med-Pay carriers will pay for Acupuncture without any hesitation in cases where its recommended by a medical doctor.

Acupuncturists can not prescribe medication. Often this care is done in conjunction with a medical doctor who can prescribe pain medication and muscle relaxers. Seeing a medical doctor as well as an acupuncturist is often a great combination.

Our personal injury law firm has tried in court and settled thousands of cases where automobile accident victims have used Chinese speaking Acupuncturists. In each case we have found that is the bills and treatment were reasonable and necessary, well documented and prescribed, than the treatment was paid for along with pain and suffering damages.

If you have been involved in an automobile accident and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on car accidents, please feel free to contact our office or visit us on the web at

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