It’s understandable that you did not go to your doctor immediately following a car accident, but don’t panic. If you didn’t seek medical attention immediately after your car accident, here are a few steps to consider:

  1. Get Medical Attention Now: Even if it’s been a while since the accident, it’s crucial to get a medical checkup as soon as possible if you’re experiencing any discomfort or unusual symptoms. This could help uncover any delayed-onset injuries. Make sure to inform the healthcare provider that you were involved in a car accident.
  2. Document Your Health: Keep a record of any pain, discomfort, or changes in your physical condition or mental state since the accident. This will be helpful when you speak with your healthcare provider and potentially for any legal or insurance issues that may arise.
  3. Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer: If you’re in a state like Florida and have exceeded the 14-day window to seek medical attention for PIP coverage, it could be helpful to consult with a personal injury lawyer. They can provide advice tailored to your situation and potentially help you explore other avenues for covering medical expenses or making a personal injury claim.
  4. Notify Your Insurance Company: If you haven’t already, notify your car insurance company about the accident. They need to know about the incident even if you’re beyond the timeframe to make a PIP claim. Be cautious about what you say; stick to the facts of the accident without speculating on the causes or your injuries.

Remember, your health is the priority. If you’re feeling unwell or unsure, seek professional medical help. Legal and insurance matters can be complex, so it’s wise to seek advice from professionals in these areas to understand your options and next steps.

Should I still get checked even if my body doesn’t feel hurt after an accident?

Yes, absolutely. Even if you don’t feel immediate pain or discomfort, it’s possible that you could have internal injuries or injuries that may not become apparent until later. This is particularly true for something as serious as a car accident. In the adrenaline rush following such an event, your body might not register pain as it normally would.

Delayed symptoms are not uncommon and some injuries, like concussions, whiplash, or internal bleeding can manifest hours or even days later. It’s better to be safe and have a professional evaluate your health after an accident. It’s not just about physical health either; a checkup can also provide peace of mind, knowing that you’re not ignoring potentially serious issues.

How long after a car accident can you go to the hospital in Florida?

From a medical standpoint, it’s always best to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident. However, from a legal and insurance perspective, things can be a bit more complicated. As of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance law stipulates that accident victims must seek medical care within 14 days of the accident to qualify for coverage of their medical bills. Please check the current laws as they may have changed after my last update.

Remember, your health is the utmost priority. Even if you’re outside of that 14-day window, but are experiencing delayed symptoms, it’s essential to see a healthcare provider. The potential costs of untreated injuries are much greater in the long run.

About Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Law

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a part of car insurance coverage that pays for medical costs and other expenses that result from a car accident, regardless of who is at fault. In other words, it’s a form of “no-fault” insurance coverage.

Florida is one of the states in the U.S. that has a mandatory PIP requirement. This means that all drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of this insurance. As of my last update in September 2021, the minimum required PIP coverage in Florida was $10,000.

Under Florida law, PIP covers:

80% of necessary medical costs related to the accident.

60% of lost wages if you’re unable to work due to the accident.

Up to $5,000 in death benefits, in addition to the $10,000 in injury protection.

Certain non-medical costs related to the accident, like travel for medical appointments or services like housekeeping that you’re unable to perform due to your injuries.

One key stipulation under Florida’s PIP law is that accident victims must seek medical care within 14 days of the accident to qualify for coverage of their medical bills. If this isn’t done, you may not be eligible to have your medical costs covered by PIP.

Also important to note is the ‘Emergency Medical Condition’ (EMC) rule. Under this rule, to access the full $10,000 in PIP benefits, a medical practitioner must determine that the patient has an emergency medical condition. If there is no EMC, then the PIP coverage limit is $2,500.

Please note that the exact rules and requirements can change, so it’s always a good idea to check the current laws or consult with a professional if you’re in this situation.

Will Waiting too Long to Seek Medical Care Affect my Car Accident Case in Florida?

Yes, waiting too long to seek medical care after a car accident can potentially affect your personal injury case or insurance claim in several ways:

  1. Insurance Coverage: As discussed earlier, in some states like Florida, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance requires that you seek medical attention within a certain timeframe (14 days in Florida as of my knowledge cutoff in 2021) to be eligible for coverage of your medical expenses.
  2. Causation: If there’s a significant gap between the date of the accident and when you first sought medical treatment, the insurance company or the at-fault party might argue that your injuries weren’t caused by the accident. They could claim that your injuries resulted from a different incident or that you’re exaggerating your injuries.
  3. Severity of Injuries: Insurance adjusters often view a delay in seeking treatment as an indication that the injuries may not be severe. If you don’t seek medical help immediately after an accident, they may argue that your injuries aren’t serious enough to warrant a large compensation.
  4. Legal Requirements: In some cases, the law might require you to mitigate your damages. This means you’re expected to take reasonable steps to manage your injury and prevent it from getting worse, including seeking timely medical attention.

Given these potential implications, it’s often advisable to seek medical care as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you don’t initially believe you’ve been seriously injured. If you didn’t do so, it’s crucial to get medical attention as soon as you notice any symptoms and consult with a personal injury attorney to understand the potential impact on your case. Please note that legal standards can vary widely depending on jurisdiction, so it’s always best to consult with a professional who understands the specific laws in your area.

Contact 388Ceda’s Physicians After Your Car Accident

If you have been in a car accident in the last fourteen days, do not hesitate to reach out to 388Ceda’s Miami accident clinic. Our physicians are standing by to help with any medical treatment or questions you may have post accident.