Eligibility for Medical Benefits Under the New Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Law
– by Your Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez
Tampa Bay Area Personal Injury Lawyer
PIP Medical Benefits Under the New Law – within 14 days after the motor vehicle accident
Auto Accidents are some of the worst accidents imaginable. All too often, the victims of Auto Accidents are left with catastrophic injuries or even fatal injuries. The families of those injured or killed in vehicle accidents in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida are left with lives that will be changed forever.
The Auto Accident lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at the Fernandez & Hernandez know what to do to help you and your family following any kind of motor vehicle accident.
To be eligible for PIP medical benefits under the new law, persons injured in a motor vehicle accident must seek initial services and care from specified providers within Fourteen Days after the motor vehicle accident. See § 627.736(1)(a), Florida Statutes. Medical benefits up to $10,000 are available for “emergency medical conditions” diagnosed by specified providers, and up to $2,500 for non-emergency medical conditions. See § 627.736(1)(a), Florida. Statutes.
Required benefits – An insurance policy must provide personal injury protection to the named insured, relatives residing in the same household, persons operating the insured motor vehicle, passengers in the motor vehicle, and other persons struck by the motor vehicle and suffering bodily injury while not an occupant of a self-propelled vehicle, to a limit of $10,000 in medical and disability benefits and $5,000 in death benefits resulting from bodily injury, sickness, disease, or death arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle.
Medical benefits – Eighty percent of all reasonable expenses for medically necessary medical, surgical, X-ray, dental, and rehabilitative services, including prosthetic devices and medically necessary ambulance, hospital, and nursing services if the individual receives initial services and care within 14 days after the motor vehicle accident.
What Should You Do If You Are Involved In A Motor Vehicle Accident?
Being involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident is frequently a traumatic, life altering event. What you do, and what you do not do immediately after the accident and later on can significantly influence how the accident will impact you. Below are some measures we encourage you to take:
- Remain calm and do not leave the scene of the accident.
- Get away from any danger including incoming traffic, gasoline spills and damaged poles.
- Check for any injured person, including yourself and other people involved in the accident. Call 911 immediately if someone is hurt.
- File a police report.
- Collect as much information as you can, including contact and insurance information from everyone involved.
- Take pictures and draw a diagram of the accident.
- Try to obtain contact information from any witness of the accident.
- Keep track of your damages (medical bills, loss of wages, etc.)
- Do not admit fault to anyone.
- Contact a personal injury attorney who is experienced in motor vehicle trailer accidents in Florida and who can provide high quality legal representation and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you are injured or hurt in any way you must receive initial services and care within 14 days after the motor vehicle accident or you may lose your right to medical benefit.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney help?
Treatment of sustained injuries may be costly, painful and may take months, or even years. Our experienced Tampa Auto Accident attorneys can aggressively seek the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering and for covering the expenses of your medical treatment and needed care, but only if you receive initial services and care within 14 days after the motor vehicle accident. Auto Accident attorney Martin J. Hernandez can help guide you through the process.
You want an experienced Florida Auto Accident attorney who understands the law. We understand the requirement that you receive initial services and care within 14 days after the motor vehicle accident. Contact an Experienced Tampa Auto Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.
If you have been involved in an Auto Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.
Call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813.755.9500 or read more at: GetLawyeredUpNow.com
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