Should I Get an MRI Scan After an Accident?

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Friday, September 23, 2016


Are MRIs worth getting?

Automobile accidents all have various degrees of impact. However, regardless of the degree of impact, it is recommended that any passenger involved in an auto accident be examined. Whiplash is a common post-accident symptom that is manifested through neck and back pain. MRIs are used to determine whether those symptoms are due to a herniated disk as a consequence of that accident.

Who will cover the medical expenses?

MRIs come with a hefty price tag, ranging anywhere between $1,500 and $5,000. Insurance companies aren’t keen on covering these costs; especially if the MRI scan come back negative. This is where a personal injury lawyer must present a case in order to argue why such a cost is justified, and why you shouldn’t have to be responsible for the medical bills. Dealing with claims adjusters on your own is tricky business, and is a long, intricate process that most people who aren’t familiar with the law in detail can’t conquer. A positive MRI makes a personal injury case settlement worth much more and many people don’t know that. Insurance companies greatly take advantage of this.

What is getting scanned like?

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MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). An MRI is a technique that constructs detailed, cross-sectional images of the internal organs and tissues inside a patient’s body, using a computer, magnetic fields, and radio waves. Most MRI machines are like large, tube-shaped magnets that temporarily realign hydrogen atoms in your body using magnetic fields. The patient lies on a table which slides into the tunnel-like machine, and spends anywhere between 20 and 60 minutes being scanned, depending on the type of study being performed. For example, a brain MRI can last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, while a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) MRI can last between 45 to 60 minutes. MRI scans are used to detect abnormalities of the brain and spinal chord, to detect tumors, cysts, to detect certain kinds of heart problems, to detect disease of the liver and other abdominal organs, to locate the causes of any pelvic pain in women, and to detect any uterine abnormalities in women for infertility cases.

It is strongly recommended that after being involved in an accident, you be tested for any herniated discs or abnormalities in the spinal chord. If you are worried about any medical expenses, contact us, so we can get you covered with excellent South Florida personal injury attorneys, who have over 36 years of experience in the field.

Being prepared if you or a loved one is injured in an accident is extremely important. If you don’t have the right team to support you, the post-accident process can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. We understand how traumatic car accidents can be. You may feel alone and unsure as to what to do and who to turn to. The amount of information, paperwork, and calls, can leave you confused and frustrated. This is why the attorneys in our network strive to follow their clients closely and make the post-accident process as easy and simple as it can possibly be. Contact us at 1-800-INJURED, so you have a helping hand leading you the right way.