Why it’s Important to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in a Timely Manner
Something we hear all the time coming from people who call into our office is that their accident happened a long time ago, and they just decided that they should call an attorney. While it’s still possible to a pursue a case like this, it does make it more difficult to get a good settlement. This is because it is important to interview any witnesses or police officers as soon after an accident as possible. This is so it is fresh in their minds. The same concept goes for yourself as well. We want you to be able to recount the accident as best as possible. Every and any detail might be crucial to the case.
While police reports are usually thorough enough to get their accurate retelling of the accident, witnesses around do not have to write their notes about the accident down and give them to anyone. Also, it can be difficult to get a hold of witnesses as time passs. A witness who actually remembers the accident can really benefit your case.
There is another reason your injury claim gets worse over time. It is because important evidence might be lost after a long period of time. This could include car parts or functions that were not working properly. It also could include proof of damage to the car that contributed to causing your injuries and more.
Seeing a Doctor Quickly
It’s also important to know that in Florida, you have 14 days from the date of the accident to get medical treatment from a set list of medical professionals. These medical professionals include chiropractors, medical doctors (MD), a doctor of osteopathy (DO), EMTs, a hospital, walk-in clinic or dentist. If you treat with another kind of doctor besides these, it will not be covered by personal injury protection insurance. After those first 14 days, you will not be able to recieve any money from your PIP insurance to pay for those injuries if you have not yet been seen by any of these doctors.
We recommend doing research on hiring an attorney as soon as you are able to, health permitting. This will help maximize the results of your injury case.