As soon as you are in a car accident, the clock is ticking. If you are injured and need to file a personal injury claim, you only have so much time to get the ball rolling. There is no guarantee on a specific outcome for your case but the general consensus amongst personal injury lawyers is that the sooner you contact an attorney, the better.
Your South Florida Car Accident Case Timeline
While the outcome varies greatly from case to case, it is fairly common knowledge that, if you are injured in a car accident, it is crucial that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so you don’t lose any time.
The First 72 Hours
The first 3 days after an accident are an important period when it comes to your personal injury claim. You should have already received any emergency medical care for your injuries as well as contacted a personal injury attorney.
During those first few days, you will likely have been contacted by any insurance companies that are responsible for compensating you for your damages. When the claims adjusters contact you, they will seem very concerned and curious as to how you are feeling. Be careful with how you are answering the adjuster’s questions, as they often record calls in hopes of recording any evidence that can be used against you in the future if needed.
Most injuries should have become apparent in the 3 days following the car accident, especially if you went to the hospital after the collision and were examined by a doctor. Even if you weren’t seen by a physician, the symptoms of nearly any injuries should start setting in during those first few days. Seeking medical attention is critical so you can document any injuries and start treatments for anything that requires prolonged care.
The First 14 Days
For residents of Florida, the two-week point is pivotal for victims of car accidents. If you are planning on taking advantage of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, you need to be seen by a doctor within the 2 calendar weeks, or 14 days, following an accident. Those that fail to be seen by a medical professional can still seek compensation for their damages, but they no longer qualify for the PIP benefits, which could pay up to $10,000.00 towards your medical expenses.
While you do have a total of 4 years to file your car accident personal injury claim, handling everything immediately following the accident is ideal. Once you pass the one month mark, if you haven’t been seen by a physician to document and treat your symptoms, it may be hard to prove your injuries. Going to the doctor six weeks after an accident and claiming your sore neck is from an accident that happened more than a month ago is harder for the doctor to prove.
Why Choose Elstein Legal?
If you are injured in a car accident in Florida, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a claim and even take the case to court if needed. Brian L. Elstein of Elstein Legal is here to help with all of your personal injury needs. Schedule a free consultation today.