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The Problem With Injuries That Appear Late


The Problem With Injuries That Appear LateOn average, more than 240,000 traffic accidents occur each year in Florida. Of those accidents, more than half lead to injuries of one form or another. When you’re injured, it’s important that you seek the appropriate medical care as soon as possible in order to prevent further complications and to ensure that your insurance policy will protect you or that the other driver will be responsible for injuries.

But thanks to the fact that some injuries don’t show up until days or weeks after the accident – and due to Florida’s PIP laws – late-occurring injuries can often cause significant problems for those who are hurt in an accident.

In some instances, injuries simply don’t show up right after an accident. There are a few reasons for this:

  • Adrenaline – The human body is an interesting thing. The adrenaline and endorphins that are released during an accident can actually block out much of the pain you might be feeling. When this occurs, you may not even realize that you’re injured at all.
  • Concussions – Concussions are another problem that may show up much later. While you may feel a slight pain in your head right after the accident, more complex problems will only show up after some time. This is also potentially dangerous and could even be deadly.
  • Soft Tissue Injury – Muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are injured in an accident are the most common type of delayed injury after an accident. This is because often the damage done to them results in swelling, which causes the pain. That swelling may take time to show up.

Obviously, in terms of your health and well being there are serious issues involved in not realizing you’re injured. But due to Florida PIP law, your finances may also be at risk. That’s because the current laws state that if you don’t get medical attention within 14 days of the accident, your injuries won’t be covered at all by the insurance coverage you’ve been paying for.

Even seemingly minor soft tissue injuries can cost a significant amount of money when you factor in doctor visits, medications, lost time from work, and more. And if you wait too long, you suddenly won’t be able to get coverage under PIP law. While some lawmakers are fighting to change this rule, it’s in place for now and highlights just why it’s so important to take any accident seriously.

So, with that in mind, it’s vital that you consider visiting a medical professional following an accident even if you don’t feel like you’ve been injured. Only certain medical professionals can be visited under PIP law, and you’ll need to see one of these experts before the two week window expires.

If you are injured and you feel that you’re owed compensation for your injuries, getting medical attention quickly is also important in this situation. That’s because the longer you wait to seek medical attention, the less likely it is that even a skilled personal injury attorney can get you the restitution you’re owed. In most cases it will be possible, but the job will be much more difficult.

In short, make sure that you visit a medical professional after being involved in an accident. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s still in your best interest and could protect you in more ways than one.

If you are injured through an accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help. We have offices throughout Florida and have more than 100 years’ experience in personal injury law. Even with today’s confusing, frustrating PIP coverage laws, our team of professionals may be able to help you get the kind of financial compensation you deserve. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

The Problem With Injuries That Appear Late

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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