Florida is home to 16 million drivers and there are over 200,000 automobile crashes reported each year. Pinellas and Hillsborough county account for nearly 50,000 accidents yearly and it will serve you well to know what steps to take if you have the misfortune of being involved in a crash.
Dr. Shay’s FIRST FOUR
FILE A POLICE REPORT.
OPT OUT OF THE AMBULANCE RIDE TO THE ER.
Dr. Shay recommends a visit to the Emergency Room if you have suffered lacerations or sustained an injury (such as a possible fracture) which requires immediate medical intervention, but he cautions, “A trip to the emergency room, coupled with excessive medical testing, may result in a complete depletion of the $10,000 personal injury insurance protection policy that is available to you. Trust me when I tell you that I regularly encounter patients who have made the costly mistake of jumping into an ambulance before walking away with medical bills that surpass $10,000 for just one trip to the ER. It is important to remember that testing should lead to treatment. If all of your funds are utilized on testing, what will you use to treat the injuries sustained in your crash?”
UTILIZE DR. SHAY’S SERVICES WITHIN 14 DAYS!
Please know that the law states you have 14 days from the date of your accident to be evaluated by a qualified medical professional. This is of the upmost importance, as you will forfeit insurance coverage for any future medical complications and/or treatment that arises as a direct result of your accident.Upon arrival, you will fill out the necessary accident forms before a thorough examination and onsite x-rays are performed. You will be treated the same day to reduce swelling and inflammation of the soft tissue. Please know that if additional testing or attention is required, Dr. Shay will make the appropriate referral.
REQUEST LEGAL REPRESENTATION.Dr. Shay is happy to provide a list of competent personal injury attorneys to contact and interview if you are the victim of an unfortunate automobile crash.