Everyone hates paperwork and police officers are no different. Unless you emphatically say that you are hurt and in pain, they will state on the police report that there were no injuries reported.
This is no time to pretend to be Rambo – if you are hurt, say so and get medical attention. It may sound ridiculous, but I have had cases where a person is taken by an ambulance to the hospital on a stretcher and the police officer puts on the report that there are no injuries reported.
You must be vocal and treat immediately!
Get it on Record: The Importance of Seeking Personal Injury Treatment Immediately
Oftentimes, people don’t begin feeling pain until some time has passed. It can be a few hours, or even a week until all the injuries are present. If that’s the case, don’t despair. Just because you didn’t take an ambulance to the hospital does not mean your personal injury claim is nonexistent.
However, if you do feel pain immediately after the accident, chances are it will steadily get worse. For that reason, it’s not just good for your case, but also good for your health to allow the paramedics to take you to the hospital.
This is Not the Time to Worry About Bills
In Florida, we are what is called a “No-Fault State.” Chances are, you have heard that ridiculous phrase used before.
In essence, all this means is that for a typical policy, 80% of your medical bills (up to $10,000) will be paid by your own car insurance’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. The remaining 20% (and anything above the $10,000 limits) will typically be paid by the final settlement.
Get the medical attention you need – in most cases, you will never have to worry about paying your medical bills out-of-pocket.
Not Visiting the Hospital? You Have Just 14 Days to Get Documentation Elsewhere
If you chose to not go to the hospital, seek medical attention as soon as possible. That can be at a visit to your primary care physician, a chiropractor, an orthopedist or even a dentist. You want to be able to document that you were suffering from your injuries and as a result, were forced to seek medical attention.
In Florida, the new PIP Law states that you must seek medical attention for your injuries within 14 days of your accident. If you don’t comply with that requirement, your car insurance will not pay for your medical bills.
The Next Step: Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys for Free Consultation
If you find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of being hurt because of someone else’s actions, remember to be vocal and treat immediately. Then you should speak with an experienced Personal Injury attorney.
Call (561) 232-2222 or click below to schedule your free consultation.
Editor’s note: Updated on July 11, 2018