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Can I Still Pursue an Injury Claim or Case If I Tell the Police Officer that I Was Not Injured in a Florida Automobile Accident?

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Can I still pursue a personal injury case if I tell the police officer that I was not hurt or injured at an accident scene in Florida? In most Florida automobile accident cases, the local sheriff, police department and/or the Florida Highway Patrol are called to the scene of the accident. The responding officer will assess the accident scene and take statements from the drivers and witnesses. One such question that is asked by the police officer is: Were you hurt or injured as a result of the accident? If a person responds no and declines any help, assistance, or evaluation from fire rescue or a local emergency room, does the person waive legal rights to pursue a claim for personal injury? The simple answer this question is “No”. Often times, a person, in a traumatic Florida automobile accident, does not realize or appreciate the injuries that he or she may have sustained as a result of the accident. Furthermore, with many neck, back, and / or extremity injuries, the signs and symptoms of, often times do not appear until a period time after the accident. Perhaps, the signs and symptoms show up that night or the following morning. In Florida, there is a four-year statute of limitations in order to file a lawsuit for most personal injury cases involving an automobile accident.
Once a person realizes or feels the effects of the personal injuries from an automobile accident, from a practical and medical standpoint, immediate medical care should be obtained from an emergency room, urgent care center, or other medical provider. Insurance companies will question or closely evaluate a claim that does not result in immediate medical care. However, many claims and cases are settled or result in a significant jury verdict even when the person does not complain of pain in the accident scene immediately.
It is important when a person is a victim of an automobile accident case to seek legal advice, consultation, and representation by qualified Florida Personal Injury Attorney. An injury victim can get advice and an explanation of the applicable Florida law that relate to the Florida automobile accident and compensation for the personal injuries resulting from the accident.
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is a law firm based in Jacksonville in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida that has represented injury victims since 1957. The attorneys and staff at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. are very familiar with the applicable Florida laws as well as the practicalities involved in a Florida automobile accident case. The Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. website has several articles and sections that pertain to Florida automobile accident case. See Florida Traffic Rules, Statutes and Regulations – Frequently Asked Questions. If the case or automobile accident involves injuries to a minor child, the book titled The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Medical Treatment – Medical Bills, and other topics. This book can be obtained for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

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