It is important to recognize how essential it is to seek medical attention after an accident. This is the case for a number of reasons. Read on to learn more and reach out to our skilled and dedicated Tampa personal injury lawyer today. We are on your side no matter what.
Do I need to seek medical attention after an accident in Florida?
If you were injured because of the negligence of another and would like to pursue legal action to obtain the compensation you need to heal and move forward, it is critical that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Below are just some of the reasons why this is so crucial:
- Protect your health: The importance of visiting a doctor after an accident may be quite obvious when your injuries are serious. However, if you do not think you have been injured, or in the event that your injuries appear to be minor, it can be tempting to not have a medical professional evaluate your situation. But apparently minor symptoms can indicate a serious injury, and whatever is wrong has the potential to get worse if left untreated. Basically, you should seek immediate medical attention after an accident if you feel even the slightest level of discomfort or pain.
- To document your injuries: If you end up filing an injury-related insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, you will need proof to back up your assertions. Not only will the other side (the person at fault for the accident, and/or their insurer or lawyer) want more than your word as to the origin and extent of your injuries, but until you see a medical professional, you will not need to have a complete picture of your injury. The documentation is particularly important because, without it, it’s very difficult to obtain compensation for your injuries.
- To establish causation: The longer you wait to see a doctor after an accident, the easier it is for someone else (like the insurance adjuster) to claim that your injury wasn’t caused by the accident.
- Medical attention may be needed for insurance reasons: If you were injured in a car accident, recognize that some states mandate that you see a doctor before specific kinds of car insurance coverage can take effect. Specifically, some no-fault car insurance states require individuals to see a qualified medical professional within a certain amount of time following the accident. In Florida, drivers have 14 days to get medical care for accident injuries if they want those medical costs recompensed by their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
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