Is the Injury Victim Required to Go to the Emergency Room Following a Florida Automobile Accident?

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In Florida, is the injury victim required to go to the emergency room following an automobile accident? Drivers and passengers are the unfortunate victims of personal injury on a daily basis. What starts out as a simple ride to work, school, or elsewhere turns into a day that is not soon forgotten. When a person is injured as a result of an automobile accident, Florida has certain laws and regulations in place. Following a Florida automobile accident, I am frequently contacted as a Florida Automobile Accident Attorney and asked questions including the following:
Do I have to go to the door I have to go to what emergency room following an automobile accident? This is an excellent question and one that can be answered rom two different perspectives: 1. Medical Perspective. 2. Legal Perspective.
1. Medical Perspective. The need to see an emergency room doctor following an accident is one that should be decided by the injury victim, his or her family, and / or first responders to the scene like fire rescue personnel and paramedics. There may be an immediate medical need to be evaluated in an emergency room. Under those circumstances, injury victims should absolutely be transported to the emergency room for evaluation and care. In many instances ,the decision to be transported or later go to the emergency room is left up to the injury victim. If there is any question as to the severity of the injuries or damages, then it makes sense to have the injury victim evaluated in an emergency room. Medical decisions as to the need for emergency-room treatment should be left to the medical professionals.
2. Legal Perspective. From a legal perspective, there is no Florida statute or law in place at the present time that requires an injury victim to be evaluated at an emergency room following an automobile accident. Again, the choice or decision to go to the emergency room should be left to medical professionals. Will the failure or lack of emergency room treatment affect the legal claim or insurance claim? This is another good excellent question. Some insurance adjusters will value a case more if the person was seen at an emergency room the same day as the accident. Some insurance adjusters may not put much value in this particular fact or aspect of the claim. The value of most injury claims or cases depend more on the long term effects or permanency of the injuries rather than whether or not the person was seen in at the emergency room.
As an alternative to emergency room treatment, an injury may consider treatment and evaluation at an urgent care center, private emergency room, or by a medical specialist to evaluate and assess the medical needs and conditions of an accident victim. A Florida Automobile Accident Attorney typically has information regarding the medical providers in the community who treat accident victims and who accept automobile insurance – Personal Injury Protection (PIP) as payment for the same. Because there are many issues involved with the typical automobile accident case including medical bills, medical treatment, insurance, rights to compensation, and other matters, it is important to consult with a Florida Personal Injury Attorney for advice and legal representation. The attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. have been representing accident victims in the State of Florida since 1957. For over 50 years, the personal injury attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. have represented clients through insurance claims in through trials on personal injury matters. Contact Wood, Atter & Wolf for a free consultation on your personal injuiy claim or case.

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