Why You Shouldn’t Wait to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

After a car accident, it’s crucial to visit a medical professional for an evaluation. This is true even if you don’t yet feel any symptoms of an injury, given that your body’s fight-or-flight response and adrenaline in a crash can shield you from feeling pain in the hours, and even days after a crash. Two of the key reasons why you shouldn’t wait to see a doctor after a car accident include:

Worsening Injuries

If left untreated, many common car accident injuries will worsen over time. Whiplash, for example, may not be immediately apparent after a car accident, but can gradually become more severe when it’s left untreated. Neck pain, neck stiffness, dizziness, ringing in the ear, numbness in the arm or hand, blurred vision, fatigue, insomnia, and focus or memory problems can all result from whiplash. 

At Family Medical Centers, we can promptly identify automobile accident injuries after a crash. By beginning a treatment plan as soon as possible after the accident, we ensure that the patient can effectively heal from any injuries and avoid further damage.

PIP Insurance Coverage

Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance is mandatory in Florida, and the cost of medical care for automobile accident injuries is covered under this type of insurance. However, to be able to use PIP insurance compensation for care after an automobile accident, patients must receive treatment within 14 days of an accident. 

At Family Medical Centers, we accept payment for treatment from car insurance coverage, and we’ll submit the paperwork required to file a claim with your car insurance company. Plus, due to the fact that the Family Medical team includes Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, we can determine the severity of your injuries and allow you to use the full $10,000 coverage limit of your PIP policy. 

For a medical evaluation after a car crash in Florida, visit one of Family Medical Centers’ locations in Pasco County, North Pinellas County, and South Hernando County. 

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