Changes Coming to the Florida PIP Laws in 2013

It’s the end of the year, and we all know what that means: crazy drivers! Holiday shoppers scrambling for last-minute gifts are more concerned about getting to the mall before it closes than obeying traffic laws and being mindful of their surroundings. Studies reflect that car accidents increase by sixty percent on Black Friday. Frankly, I’m surprised that figure isn’t higher.

‘Tis the season, then, for car accidents, and that means a higher risk of personal injury if one of those crazy shoppers hits you. If you are injured in a car accident, or you even mildly suspect that you may have been injured, it’s important to see a doctor for initial treatment immediately.

Starting on January 1, 2013, new law goes into effect in Florida revising the provision of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) medical benefits under the Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law. The new statute requires injured parties to receive treatment for their injuries within 14 days of the accident in order for medical treatment to qualify for reimbursement.

So what does that mean for you? If you’re injured in a car accident, seek treatment immediately. Keep in mind that some injuries do not manifest themselves immediately. After a car accident, you might not think you have been injured, but a few days later you might suddenly have a stiff neck or back that’s indicative of a serious injury. Don’t wait around to see the doctor about it, or you might not be reimbursed for medical treatment. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call an experienced personal injury attorney immediately--even from the scene of the accident.