Contrary to widespread belief, you don't have to call an attorney right away after a car crash in Florida. The most important thing you need to do is get yourself proper medical treatment.
You were likely unconscious or unable to move at the scene of the accident. You may have been taken straight to the emergency room. This is, in a sense, good because your injuries will have received immediate medical care.
Seek Medical Treatment
Some victims of accidents put off medical treatment because they are wondering about the value of their car accident case. What they don't realize is prompt medical care is just as important to your lawsuit as it is to your health.
You see, if you fail to get the proper treatment, you might be contributing to your injuries and in turn, reducing the amount of money that you can recover from whoever really caused your pain. You may also miss the crucial 14 day deadline to qualify for PIP/No-Fault imposed by Florida law.
Tell Your Doctors Everything
Tell your doctors what you are feeling. Some people who are seriously injured in an accident fail to tell their doctors all of their complaints. People do this for many reasons - they think the pain will fade over time, they focus on the broken bones and ignore the smaller stuff, they think it was unrelated to the accident because it didn't appear until a few days later, etc. All of this can bite you in the tail down the road so be sure to tell your doctors everything.
Don't help whoever hurt you. Help yourself by getting immediate medical treatment and reporting all of your injuries to a medical professional.
Find Your Attorney
At the end of the day, finding your personal injury attorney can wait until you have found your physicians, but it shouldn’t be put off too long. Florida imposes strict rules on accidents, called statutes of limitations, which bar injured people from filing a lawsuit after a certain number of years have passed. Even before those deadlines are close, crucial discovery can be destroyed in the passing weeks and months after an injury. It is important to seek the advice of an attorney as soon as you are healthy enough to do so.
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