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How Long Do You Have to See a Doctor After an Auto Accident in Florida

Doctor David Jenkins Orlando Chiro

Written by: Dr. David Jenkins

Published: September 7th, 2018

After any auto accident in Florida, as long as you aren't seriously injured, there is likely to be a period of time when things seem to happen very quickly. This can be frightening as well as confusing. Because you aren't injured, your attention might be focused on other issues such as the condition of other people involved or the status of your vehicle.

Get Medical Help Right Away

If you're involved in an auto accident, there will be a plethora of items that need to be taken care of (like trying to find out where your vehicle has been towed). If you don't seem to be injured, your own health can seem to take a backseat to everything else that you need to do. However, it's important to make time for your health.

Sometimes injuries from auto accidents aren't immediately evident. This is often caused by the adrenaline that courses through your body during and after such an accident. Because adrenaline and other endorphins can block pain and increase your energy level as a method of powering through the emergency, injuries can be masked. While these injuries could be related to damage to your soft tissues, there could be other types of damages as well.

Waiting Can be Detrimental to Your Health

The longer you wait to get treatment for your auto accident injuries, the more serious they could become. This can increase your recovery time and the amount of pain you experience. There is another reason why waiting to seek medical treatment isn't a good idea. In Florida, you have only 14 days after your auto accident to make a claim against your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.

Speak to your auto insurance company about filing a claim after an auto accident. Be sure to visit a medical professional such as a chiropractor within 14 days in order to address any injuries. Inform the doctor that you will be filing a claim against your PIP insurance. In some cases, the medical professional's office might be able to provide assistance in filling out the claim form.

Don't lose the PIP insurance benefits you already paid for! Make an appointment with a Winter Park PIP doctor today and protect your health!

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