Section 6731(a) of the New York Education Law defines the practice of physical therapy as: “The evaluation, treatment or prevention of disability, injury, disease, or other condition of health using physical, chemical, and mechanical means including, but not limited to heat, cold, light, air, water, sound, electricity, massage, mobilization, and therapeutic exercise with or without assistive devices, and the performance and interpretation of tests and measurements to assess pathophysiological, pathomechanical, and developmental deficits of human systems to determine treatment, and assist in diagnosis and prognosis.”
Physical therapy is a form of conservative treatment that some motor vehicle accident victims find helpful. Physical therapy, when successful, can help the patient restore bodily function and return to ordinary daily activities after a motor vehicle accident.
Those injured in a New York motor vehicle accident are normally entitled to certain no-fault benefits, namely “basic economic loss,” which includes up to fifty thousand dollars per person for medical treatment which can include physical therapy. For this reason, many people injured in motor vehicle accidents may be referred to physical therapy once they receive a diagnosis and prognosis from a treating doctor.
If you are currently attending physical therapy after a car accident and looking to bring a claim for past and future pain and suffering, please do not hesitate contacting William Mattar P.C.