Fort Walton Beach, FL—If an individual was injured in a car accident in Fort Walton Beach, they are encouraged to seek medical help right away, even if they are only experiencing a mild headache. If the person feels well enough to leave the scene and doesn’t feel medical attention is necessary, they should wait a few days or until they have spoken with a FL car accident attorney before they notify the insurer that no injuries were sustained.
There are many types of injuries that have delayed symptoms, therefore, an individual might not begin to experience any pain or discomfort until hours or even days after their accident has occurred.
Individuals need to understand that once they inform the insurance company that no injuries were sustained, the insurer likely won’t want to cover their claim if, after a few days, they realize they did suffer a mild or even serious injury. It is equally important for accident victims to remain cognizant of the deadline that they have to seek medical treatment in order to recover personal injury protection (PIP) benefits from their own insurance carrier.
How long does a car accident have to seek medical care in order to recover PIP benefits in Florida?
Accident victims can seek medical attention at any point after their accident, however, if they want to recover PIP benefits because they later learned that they suffered a concussion, back injury, or another type of injury, they only have 14 days after their accident to seek medical attention.1 After the 14 days have passed, the individual might find it difficult to get their insurer to provide them with the PIP benefits they are entitled to.
How much will PIP benefits pay?
According to Florida Statute § 627.736, PIP coverage will generally provide an accident victim, regardless of whether they caused the accident or not, with up to $10,000 in medical and disability benefits. This means they may be entitled to recover compensation for lost wages if their injuries prevent them from working.
Reasons to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident in Florida
The process of recovering compensation after a car accident in Florida can be a tricky one to get through. The fact is, insurance companies don’t always want to pay out for the claims they are expected to cover, and if they do, they sometimes provide victims with low-ball settlement offers. In order for a victim to reduce their chances of running into these issues, they are encouraged to retain a Fort Walton Beach car accident attorney to handle the claims process for them.
If an accident victim is looking for a lawyer who is going to protect their right to compensation, they can contact Browning Law Firm. The attorneys at Browning Law Firm are familiar with the obstacles that often stand in the way of an accident victim’s ability to recover compensation and know the steps that need to be taken to overcome them.
To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Browning Law Firm, call 850-344-1736.
Browning Law Firm can be reached at:
418 Racetrack Rd. NE, Ste B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547