Car accidents happen all the time. The latest statistics from the State of Florida show that Broward County had over 41,000 car accidents in 2018. That’s more than 112 per day! If you’ve been in an auto accident recently and suffered from an injury, you could be eligible for medical benefits to cover the cost of recovery.
Note: if you see a car accident happen, be a good citizen and call 911. Stay and talk to police; witnesses can be very valuable for the person injured.
What to do after a car accident
1. Ensure your safety
Call 911 to report any injuries and get medical help. If you’re able to, get your car and yourself off the road so you’re out of the way of traffic. Cars passing nearby may not see you and can cause additional stress or injury.
2. Get a police report
Call 911, if you haven’t already, to report the accident to the police. Often, a passerby will have already called. The police will facilitate an exchange of contact and insurance information with the other party. It’s important to know the other party’s insurance to in case you suffer injury.
All car insurance in Florida covers $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Even if you are at fault, your PIP component will cover your medical costs.
3. Take pictures
You can use your cell phone to take pictures of all parts of the car. Your insurance may need pictures to justify your claim. Also, if there is any dispute between you and the auto repair shop, your pictures can be used to show the state of the car post-accident.
You should also take pictures of yourself if you’ve suffered any visible injuries.
4. Schedule physical therapy or chiropractic treatment
Get examined by a doctor as soon as possible. You only have 14 days from the date of accident to establish coverage.
Every car accident is different and you may not have any symptoms immediately. Your body can still be in shock, or else some symptoms can get worse over time.
Common symptoms of auto accidents are:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Muscle spasms
If you are suffering from any of these conditions, call and get treatment started immediately. You can begin treatment even before you speak with a lawyer.
Chiropractic and physical therapy can help with auto accident symptoms. The goal of treatment is to heal the body and naturally relieve pain.
If you or a loved one has just been in a car accident in Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek or other nearby cities, call us at MedAmerica within 14 days of your accident. We can often schedule you for a same day or next day appointment.
Auto accidents can be extremely stressful, and you may not know the right things to do, but our team at MedAmerica can provide a plan of care to help your recovery go smoothly.