Telemedicine Options After a Car Accident
Throughout this uncertain time of the pandemic, there have been many ways we have adapted as a society to continue our daily actives the best and safest ways possible. Wearing masks, increased hand washing, wiping high touch surfaces more often and avoiding large crowds are all examples of positive ways we have helped limit the spread of disease. Unfortunately, there are also many businesses, industries and individuals that have had to sacrifice so much due to the pandemic. One aspect that none of us should have to sacrifice is our health and wellbeing. Since hospitals, urgent care facilities and primary physician offices were inundated with people concerned with COVID-19 symptoms, many people began to avoid medical attention for other concerning symptoms, injuries and illnesses. This concept is known as “medical distancing”, or ill and injured people avoiding medical care due to not wanting to go into a doctor’s office or hospital in fear of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Although the fears of exposure are valid, this is becoming a growing issue of the general public not addressing serious health concerns such as heart problems, chronic symptom management, and injuries due to trauma such as slips or falls and auto accidents.
For those who have been injured in an auto accident and were not taken to the hospital via ambulance, it is still critical to be evaluated immediately. Injuries that can cause permanent damage if not treated right away include traumatic brain injury and concussions, whiplash, herniated discs in the spine, damaged ligaments and many more. Due to medical distancing, many people have avoided immediate attention and wait to see if the pain and symptoms get better over time, opening the opportunity for chronic pain and degeneration to occur.
At Complete Care, we have been utilizing modern technology to provide telemedicine for patient consultation for over three years. This provides patients immediate evaluation of symptoms by a medical provider via video chat without ever leaving the comfort of their own home. Prior to the pandemic, it was extremely helpful for those who did not have transportation to get to our offices quickly, could not take time off work for an appointment, or who did not have childcare. Now, telemedicine has been extremely helpful for those who are considered high risk for COVID-19 complications, or those who take care of high-risk family members in their home.
Our video conference appointments with a licensed medical provider offers an on-demand option to have a head-to-toe examination of all symptoms after an auto accident or slip and fall. They provide ample amount of time for the provider to discuss medical history, what happened during the accident, current signs and symptoms of trauma, and the best treatment plan moving forward. In the state of Florida, patients must be evaluated by a medical provider within 14 days of their accident to have access to their Personal Injury Protection auto insurance coverage. If someone is medical distancing and is never seen by a doctor, they can lose out on their coverage needed to treat their injuries. Telemedicine is a great way for someone injured in an auto accident to be seen right away, get the medical opinion on how to treat their specific injuries, and protect the insurance coverage that is rightfully theirs.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to trauma from an auto accident or slip and fall, Complete Care offers telemedicine appointments five days a week at a time that is convenient for most schedules! Call 407-974-6851 or visit www.complete-care.com to request an appointment today.