Injuries from accidents can be serious, even when they don’t seem to be. If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s extremely important to seek medical treatment as soon after the event.
Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage requires that you receive initial treatment from a physician, nurse practitioner, or clinic within 14 days from the date of your accident.
Too often, people with accident injuries that don’t require emergency treatment will turn to their primary care physician (PCP). However, most PCPs will not see patients about accident injuries, even if they have a long-term relationship with the doctor.
- Most PCPs are not used to treating auto accident injuries. They deal more with illnesses and everyday injuries, but not the types usually sustained from an accident such as whiplash, bulging discs, and soft tissue injuries. Auto accident injuries require proper diagnosis, care, and documentation for insurance or legal purposes. That’s why it’s essential to receive the right treatment from a specialist with experience in treating patients these types of injuries.
- Car accident injuries are covered by your insurance policy’s PIP coverage. PIP billing is often complicated, and PCP offices are not always equipped to bill for accident-related injuries. As a result, many doctors offices refuse to see patients who will be covered by PIP.
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