Can Injured Victims Seek Compensation for Alternative Medicine?
Many injury victims entrust all their treatment to medical doctors. However, some victims may complement that treatment with holistic/alternative medicine. They may be seeking relief from pain, such as pain in the back, neck or joints. Alternative medicine may also be sought to help with fatigue or to regain strength.
While these treatments might provide relief, the insurance company may try and deny compensation.
Below, we discuss alternative treatment for personal injuries. If you have made use of these treatments, you should discuss them with an experienced attorney to see if you may be able to obtain compensation for them. If you can prove you benefitted from the treatment, there may be a chance you can recover compensation for your damages.
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What are the Common Types of Alternative/Holistic Medical Treatment?
Alternative medicine includes a wide variety of treatments. For example, some injured victims may visit a chiropractor to help them with back pain or neck pain.
Chiropractors may do a spinal adjustment to provide pain relief from a back injury. Spinal manipulation may also be done to help improve range of motion. These treatments may help with various injuries, including whiplash.
Other examples of chiropractic treatments include trigger point therapy, myofascial release and massage.
Some other forms of alternative/holistic medicine may include:
- Massage therapy
- Intravenous vitamin supplementation
- Tai chi
- Body movement therapy
- Herbal medicine
While more research is needed, so far, studies have shown that acupuncture provides some benefits to patients. Acupuncture may help to relieve pain in your neck and back and pain you experience after surgery.
This treatment involves the insertion of needles into certain places to stimulate the nervous system. It is thought that inserting these needles helps stimulate the body’s ability to heal.
Treatments like massage therapy, yoga and Thai chi may help to improve mobility. These treatments may also help with pain management. Some victims may turn to meditation or hypnosis to deal with psychological trauma caused by the accident itself. These treatments in combination with counseling from a licensed mental health professional may help.
Herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and there is not a lot of research about their effectiveness. However, there are various claims about supplements like turmeric, which some claim has helped to reduce their inflammation.
Proving You Benefitted From Alternative Medicine
It may be challenging to prove you benefitted from alternative or holistic medicine. Doctors and insurance companies are likely to attribute decreased pain or improvements in other symptoms to traditional treatment.
However, some doctors may acknowledge the benefit of some alternative treatment. If you are getting alternative treatment and think it helped you, make sure to inform your treating doctors. They may note it in your medical records, which may help strengthen your claim for compensation.
If a doctor recommends stretching to help with limited mobility, you may have a tough time doing stretches. However, if you receive massage therapy that allows you to do stretches, doctors may recognize the benefit of massage therapy.
Sometimes doctors might recommend alternative treatment to supplement traditional medicine. Proof of a doctor’s recommendation for things like acupuncture or massage therapy could help strengthen your claim for compensation. Insurance companies may have a much harder time arguing against doctors.
It is important to note you likely have a better chance of recovering compensation for alternative medicine if you are also getting traditional treatment. If you are only using holistic medicine, the insurance company may be more likely to argue you are failing to mitigate your damages.
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