After you get injured in a car accident, you may be disoriented and unsure of your next steps. If you have any visible injuries, or even suspect you have injuries, you should always go to the emergency room. Read on to learn more about why you should go to the emergency room after getting into a Florida car accident.

Why You Should Go To The ER After A Car Accident

  • You may not be aware of the extent of your injuries: A car accident shocks the system suddenly. Your adrenaline spikes after trauma, and right after an accident you may not recognize your symptoms as serious injuries, meaning that they may get worse as time passes. When you receive medical attention, you have professionals who can diagnose your injuries and take care of your immediate safety.
  • An ER visit documents a link between your injuries and your accident: A vital component of any car accident case is proving that your injuries directly result from the accident. You need to establish that you got your injuries in the car accident, no matter if you bring a legal claim against another driver or to your own insurance company. Immediate medical attention documents your injuries from the accident for a future claim or case.
  • Jumpstart recovery as soon as possible: By being proactive and diagnosing your injuries as quickly as possible, you can begin an informed healing process right away. Taking the appropriate steps after a car accident allows you to do everything within your power to speed your recovery. An emergency room visit is the most direct path towards identifying your injuries and putting you on the path to recovery. 
  • Insurance benefits: You must receive medical care to receive Florida no-fault insurance benefits. To receive your no-fault insurance payments, you must receive medical attention within 14 days of your accident. 
    • Florida law 627.736 dictates that you must receive initial medical services within 14 days of an accident, which includes emergency room care. 
  • The visit is covered by Florida no-fault insurance: All drivers in Florida are required to have a minimum of $10,000 in no-fault PIP insurance benefits, which pays for your medical care regardless of who is at fault for the accident. You don’t have to wait for a claim to be filed before receiving payment for your medical bills. Visit the ER in peace knowing that your visit is covered up to the limits of your policy under the terms of your PIP benefits. 
  • Gather evidence for a legal claim: In addition to documenting your injuries as the direct result of your accident, an emergency room visit after a car accident also establishes the extent of your injuries. If you decide to build a legal claim, you have medical evidence from the doctor illustrating the full extent of your injuries. 

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If you’re been injured in a car accident, you may seek legal counsel to determine your next steps and protect your legal rights. Bechert & Associates has decades of experience fighting for car accident victims and getting them the compensation they deserve. Call Bechert & Associates to schedule an appointment today!