You may be confused by recent radio commercials aired by lawyer referral services such as 411 Pain or 1-800-Ask-Gary. In fact, a recent 411 Pain radio spot features a non-attorney spokesperson stating that if you fail to seek medical treatment within 14 days following the accident than “it just doesn’t matter.” This is actually quite misleading. Based upon changes to Florida’s no-fault statute that went into effect on January 1, 2013, an accident victim must commence medical treatment within 14 days or personal injury protection benefits will not be applicable. However, it is important to note that based on the new provisions to the no-fault statute, a victim only has $2500.00 in personal injury protection benefits unless a physician states the individual has an “emergency medical condition.” Prior to January 1, 2013, an auto accident victim had $10,000.00 in personal injury protection benefits regardless of emergency medical condition.
At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we have resolved numerous cases with fruitful settlements on cases in which our clients waited far longer than 14 days to commence treatment. In an ideal world every auto accident victim would commence treatment immediately. Yet, this is not the case more often than not. Many individuals will wait an extended period of time to see if their pain or discomfort will subside as opposed to running to a physician as a knee jerk reaction. There is no reason for such individuals to be punished for waiting to see whether the pain and discomfort would resolve on its own. The advertisements you hear on the radio are self serving as the legal referral services have a vested interest in you seeking immediate medical treatment so they may bill your PIP benefits. For more information on this topic, please see: https://www.dolmanlaw.com/treat-14-days-accident/