Recovering Damages After Delayed Treatment
The wake of a car collision can be filled with shock, confusion, and sometimes a delayed realization of injuries. Even when you know that seeking medical attention is the best course of action, it is possible that life’s unpredictability results in you putting off having your health reviewed by a professional healthcare provider.
Whether you just realized you sustained an injury, want to hold an at-fault party accountable, or need help with the complex landscape of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) rules and delayed medical care, talk to a Miami personal injury lawyer about your damage recovery options.
Delayed Symptom Recognition and PIP Rules
It is not uncommon to have delayed symptoms. Some injuries, such as soft tissue injuries or concussions, are known to have delayed onset symptoms. Instead of obsessing about how you should have seen a doctor within hours of a collision, simply consult a healthcare professional as soon as you become aware of any discomfort or pain.
Because the state of Florida operates under a no-fault insurance system with personal injury protection coverage, it may be able to access medical expenses and, in some cases, lost wages, regardless of who was at fault. If you are interested in exploring PIP recovery, there are specific rules and deadlines that should be followed, including seeking medical attention within 14 days of the accident. Failing to see a licensed healthcare professional within this window may result in the denial of coverage.
Overcoming Challenges with Legal Support
If you are in a situation where you were injured in an accident but missed the 14-day PIP window for seeking medical treatment, talk to a legal professional. Missing the deadline doesn’t necessarily mean that all avenues for compensation are closed. An attorney could still build a strong case on your behalf in the following ways.
- Establishing a clear connection between the accident and the delayed injuries.
- Securing documentation from the healthcare professionals you did see to support your claim.
- Demonstrating that the delayed care was due to the injuries not being immediately apparent, so not reasonably detectable within the 14-day window.
While you could go through a delayed treatment recovery process on your own, enlisting the help of an experienced injury attorney who is familiar with Florida’s PIP rules and the legal nuances of personal injury cases will better position you for financial relief.
When you need compensation to cover your accident-related expenses, understanding PIP rules, obtaining medical treatment as soon as you can, and talking to a Miami personal injury lawyer are ways to protect you from taking on a larger financial burden than you should.
Is the stress of your medical bills upsetting you but you worry you are not eligible for financial relief because you did not go to the doctor immediately following a Florida collision? Consult with the legal team Spencer Morgan Law. Skilled attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of the legal system so you can secure the compensation you need. Call our officer today at 305-423-3800 to schedule a no-cost consultation.