A big mistake made by Tallahassee auto injury patients is going to a local ER to report their car accident injuries. Oftentimes, injury patients think this is the best way, if not the only way, to seek whiplash treatment. In reality, going to the ER could do a lot more harm than good.
When you first go to the ER, you’ll sit in a room full of sick people for hours waiting to be seen, and that’s not a good start. Once you’re brought back to get examined, you’ll be exposed to excessive and unnecessary CT scans. After the CT scan is reviewed, you’ll likely be discharged with a diagnosis of ‘no acute findings’. The ER physicians base this diagnosis on CT findings of no broken bones.
Obviously, soft tissue injuries like whiplash don’t show up on a CT scan. Before you leave the ER, you’ll be handed a bill for up to $5,000 and you may or may not get a prescription for medication. At the end of it all, you leave the ER in debt and don’t end up getting the whiplash treatment you need.
Instead, Dr. Huffman could have called a prescription into your pharmacy without you ever leaving your home. Not only that, but the responsible auto insurance pays for Dr. Huffman’s telemedicine visit.
Until recently, car accident patients had no other option but to go to the local ER and urgent care. In part, because primary care physicians often refuse to see injured patients. Ultimately, this forced Tallahassee car accident injury patients to go to local ERs. For this reason, Dr. Huffman created Florida’s first telemedicine injury practice.