Attention Accident Victims
If you are in Florida and a victim of an accident, you have only 14-DAYS to act.
The state of Florida has a 14-day rule - if you are not seen by a health care provider within 14-days of your accident you will lose your PIP benefits! You must obtain medical care within 14 days if you suffer injuries in a traffic accident in Florida, or else run the risk of your insurance company denying your claim.
Now, the statute states that a motorist has 14 days after an automobile accident to seek medical treatment from either a hospital facility, emergency transport, medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, chiropractor, or a dentist.
If one does not seek medical treatment within the 14 days, they have forfeited their PIP coverage. This means that if certain symptoms do not surface within the two week period, they will not be covered.
Whiplash injury to the neck or cervical sprain/strain is by the far the most common injury that results from an auto accident. Whiplash refers to a specific type of neck injury that occurs when your head moves suddenly forward and backward resulting in pain and discomfort.
Though the initial pain and discomfort may go away over time, it is important to seek care as soon as possible to make sure there is no damage that can lead to lifelong problems if not treated early and properly.
Common signs of whiplash include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Radiating pain
- Numbing and/or sharp pain in the arms
- Pain and tightness in the shoulders
Back Pain Following An Auto Accident
An auto accident injury causes low back discomfort, pain and difficulty moving. Even injuries that seem minor, like a slight pain and tension in your lower back, can worsen without appropriate treatment and care.
Back Injuries After a Car Accident Include:
- Herniated Discs
- Bulging Discs
- Pain shooting down the legs
- Sciatica (Nerve Pain)
- Numbing and sharp pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Muscle spasm and tightness
How Atlas Injury to Health Can Help You
Atlas Injury to Health Guides Patients Through the Entire Process.
Our goal is to guide our patients through what to do in the event of an accident, so the injuries sustained do not become lifelong problems. After an accident, you might not be aware of the full extent of your injuries.
You may not notice the pain or discomfort for a day or two, and sometimes even longer.
The pain may not fade. Treatment may be required. In fact, some injuries such as back and neck may actually worsen over time if you do not seek treatment and get appropriate care.
Atlas Injury to Health has extensive training working together with other medical doctors, radiologists, neurologists and orthopedics to assure our patients get the care they require.
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To obtain the benefits you have already paid for, you must seek care no later than 14-days after an accident.
Our staff is here to help you with any questions you may have regarding your accident or insurance coverage.