Recently we have had a number of doctors and potential clients ask us about this new “14 day rule” with car accidents. Many commercials have mentioned the new rule but the commercials fail to elaborate on the issue, causing many people to believe that they cannot make a personal injury claim after that time period if they do not treat for their injuries within that 14 day time frame immediately after the accident. The truth is that the 14 day rule only applies to your entitlement to PIP benefits, and not to your
Personal Injury Claim
Florida is a No-Fault insurance state, meaning that the first $10,000.00 in medical expenses incurred from a car accident is paid by your insurance company, regardless of fault. After that $10,000.00 has been exhausted, then we make a claim against the at-fault party. If you do not treat within 14 days of the accident, then you are not eligible for PIP benefits (although there are a few exceptions), but you CAN make a claim still against the at-fault driver. If you have injuries and failed to treat within 14 days, call our firm for a free consultation WITH AN ATTORNEY.
We will inform you of your rights and assist you with your personal injury claim. It is quite common for someone to think that their injuries are insignificant, only to find out that they persist for months. If you haven’t’ treated within 14 days, you can still make a claim.