How can any of us give you an answer to that. Your injuries will define any value. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your rights and the value he or she places on your claim after reviewing all pertinent information, to include your medical records.
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Many factors contribute to the value of your claim. If you are likable substantially increases the value of your claim. If you are not hurt how likable you are may not make a big difference. The nature and extent of your injury will be a substantially determining factor. If you have a serious injury and your medical provider is not a good witness that will certainly make a big difference. It seems to me that your concern is what weight a jury may give to a chiropractor as opposed to a physical therapist or a physician. Certainly the qualifications of your medical experts will make a difference. However, I would prefer to have an articulate, persuasive chiropractor over an orthopedic surgeon who does not write good reports and cannot testify. So the answer to your question is that it depends on the nature and extent of your injury and the quality of expert you call to testify.
I recall from the OJ trial that some of the prosecution witnesses were more qualified but the defense experts were better at explaining concepts.
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there is no way of estimating until you are done treating, consult an attorney.
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The answer to your question is yes. Our office has handled thousands of such cases, and insurers tend to discount chiropractors in particular. So, if you are looking to settle your case without a lawsuit, a physical therapist may result in a higher offer, but likely not much more. It is very important that all of your treatment be reasonable and necessary. Insurance companies are distrustful, tight with money, and often unreasonable. They prefer to see reports from MDs. How a jury may react to a chiropractor vs. pt is less clear.
The value of your case is based on the extent of injuries and the duration of any symptoms and disability. Don't second guess this.
Quick true story: I was in the middle of trial of an injury case at Boston Municipal Court and the insurance attorney was disparaging the chiropractic care and my client. The judge called us over for sidebar conference. The judge lambasted the insurance attorney and told a personal story about how he had tried everything for excruciating pain since his military service until seeing a chiropractor with great success. We were ordered out in the hallway to settle, and we did settle.
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I would lean towards the physical therapist and a later consult with a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon.You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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You should treat with whoever is going to give you the most relief from whatever pain you are experiencing and not worry so much how it will effect the "value" of your claim. You cannot put price on your health.
Hire an experienced personal injury trial attorney to do this work for you. Follow the doc's advice my preference would be for PT.
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