Instructions for Auto Injury Patients
Chiropractic Care for Automobile Injuries is Covered Under Oregon Law.
You do not need to go through another provider or be referred by a medical doctor or lawyer. Dr. Aungst is a primary care provider and you can come to us directly and begin care. Also, if you are currently under care and your injury is not resolving, you are permitted to change providers at your own discretion without referral. It is your body and your health.
Special Instructions for Patients Injured in Automobile Accidents
Oregon is a “no-fault” insurance state. That means that regardless of who is assumed or determined to be at fault, your insurance is billed for the care provided to you, not the other driver’s company. The two companies then work things out behind the scenes. If contacted by a representative from the other driver’s insurance, it is best to have them just contact your agent. They may sound very nice but they are not on your side. Their job is to get the claim closed, whether you are done with your care or not.
In order to facilitate accurate communication and billing, please complete the following:
- Make sure you have filled out an “Oregon Police Traffic Crash Report”. Bring your copy in for us to enter into your records.
- Report your accident to your insurance company, open a medical claim (this is a different claim than for damage to your vehicle) and request a PIP (Personal Injury Protection) form. (You will need to complete this PIP form and return it to your insurance company so they can initiate communications and payment for your services.) Provide us with a copy of your completed PIP form and keep a copy for your own records.
- Your insurance company will provide you with an insurance claim number. Please inform us of this claim number once obtained.
- Keep this office updated on any changes in coverage, claim status, injury-related work-loss or legal representation as they occur. Create and maintain a file of all records for yourself.