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Why You Always Need To Seek Medical Attention After An Accident

An accident can home from out of nowhere, and serious ones can leave you injured in significant ways that will impact your life for months. However, if you’re involved in an accident that seems to have left you uninjured, you still need to seek medical attention.

This is something that many fail to fully realize after an accident happens. An accident already makes it harder to keep your schedule on track, and the process of going to see a doctor is one more hassle that some feel like they can skip. Failing to see a medical professional after being involved in any accident – no matter how minor it may seem – is one of the most important steps you can take. There are numerous reasons for this, and taking a closer look at some of them will help you see why you owe it to yourself to do so.

Florida PIP Law

The first reason is because of your own insurance. Under Florida law, each motorist is required to carry PIP coverage – Personal Injury Protection. This insurance is designed to pay for your medical bills regardless of who is at fault in the accident. With a personal injury lawyer, you can ensure that you get the fairest settlement amount and that you get compensation from the party that is at fault if needed, but most personal injury claims start with your PIP policy.

And according to PIP regulations, you have one week after an accident to seek medical attention. If you fail to visit a doctor within that timeframe, you waive the right to get compensated for any injuries related to your accident.

Delayed Symptoms

The human body is a strange thing, and after an accident, it’s not unheard of to feel as though you aren’t injured in the least. But over time, you may begin to notice that injuries exist that you didn’t feel before. In other words, it can take time for injuries to manifest themselves. If you wait too long to visit a doctor, it will be much harder to show that your injuries are related to your accident.

Getting Compensation

Another factor to consider is documentation. When you visit a medical professional following an accident, you’re creating a paper trail that insurance companies and personal injury lawyers can use to show that you were injured and that you deserve compensation.

Without visiting a doctor, you have no proof that you are even injured and certainly have no way of showing that you deserve restitution for injuries. And the longer you wait to seek medical attention, the harder it is to connect your injuries to your accident.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line here is clear – you need to see a medical professional following your accident. Even if it seems like a minor ‘fender bender’, the fact is that things like whiplash, back injuries, and concussions may not be apparent at first. Letting a medical professional examine you not only ensures that you are totally healthy but also helps make it easier to prove that your accident caused your injuries.

Your personal injury lawyer will be able to help show that you deserve compensation and will help argue for the right kind of settlement amount. But you need to take the right steps following an accident in order to ensure that your attorney can do their job. Seeing a medical professional as soon as you can is one of those steps, and no matter how much of a hassle it can seem like it’s something that could help you get the compensation you deserve.

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.

Why You Always Need To Seek Medical Attention After An Accident

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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