Krupnick Campbell: Accident Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale

Should I Submit to an MRI if Injured in a Car Accident?

Monday, May 1, 2017

When a car accident happens in Hollywood or Ft Lauderdale, the parties involved should immediately take steps to determine the extent of physical injury. When seeking medical evaluation, a physician may recommend diagnostic tests, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs). MRIs are used to diagnose orthopedic, cardiac and neurological conditions. This type of imaging is particularly useful in auto wreck cases in Broward County, as it could detect medical issues that cannot be seen on an X-ray. Advantages of accident victims obtaining an MRI scan include greater likelihood of detecting injuries, the pain-free nature of MRI diagnostics and the fact that Personal Injury Protection (PIP) will typically cover the cost up to at least $10,000. Major disadvantages to choosing an MRI include cost and the need to quickly decide whether or not an MRI would be advantageous.

What takes place during an MRI scan?

During an MRI, the patient must lie on a small, flat, narrow surface that also houses a large magnet. The surface is then moved through an MRI machine. Open MRIs are available for individuals who are claustrophobic and are uncomfortable being moved through an enclosed machine. The imaging machine utilizes the body's magnetic fields and low frequency radio waves to depict soft tissues. Patience should not experience any discomfort while undergoing these tests.

Who may request it?

A medical professional may determine that an MRI is necessary to thoroughly evaluate the extent of injury. However, in some instances, patients may wish to request an MRI in the absence of a doctor recommendation. MRIs are typically not advantageous in cases in which neurological injury or a tear in the soft tissue is not likely to be present.

When to request it

In general, it is within an auto accident victim's best interest to have an MRI as quickly as possible. Florida law requires parties who are involved in motor vehicle collisions to receive initial medical treatment within 14 days of the collision. Therefore, crash victims who are considering an MRI should not wait for their insurance company to authorize the service. Some insurers may take several days to simply inform the insured that they will only pay for the MRI after the insured has actually received the service. Whether the MRI is requested by a doctor or independently, patients should always request copies of the MRI report and a disc from the facility. Hollywood / Fort Lauderdale accident victims should send a copy of the report and the disc to their insurance company even if the company has not requested copies. Doing so could help your car accident attorney in a future case.

Who pays for it?

In Broward County, most victims involved in car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents have a minimum of a $10,000 Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage through their auto insurance policy. Because the cost of an MRI may range from $500 to more than $5,000, some medical providers may avoid recommending MRIs in the interest of utilizing more of the PIP benefits for other medical services, like chiropractics. Individuals who are injured in an auto wreck for which a business may be liable should be aware that the business may not pay up front for an MRI. Even large corporations and other businesses that have insurance policies that include Medpay coverage commonly refuse to pay for car crash victims' medical expenses up front as they are not legally required to do so. Those who do not have PIP coverage may find a facility in Hollywood or Fort Lauderdale that will provide MRI services with the help of a law firm like Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock.



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The Law Firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock is welcoming a new team of trial attorneys and staff to lead its medical malpractice division. With these new additions, Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s will continue its 45-year history of providing high quality representation to Plaintiffs who have been injured and require legal assistance to secure fair compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Founding partner Jon Krupnick stated “Skip Campbell and I created an unparalleled culture of hard work and enthusiastic trial advocacy on behalf of our clients. We have achieved groundbreaking verdicts and our efforts have resulted in important case law which is relied upon by Plaintiff lawyers throughout the land. The firm and our incoming medical malpractice team shall continue these traditions and remain at the forefront of trial advocacy.”

Malove Henratty, P.A. Attorneys Scott L. Henratty and Randall A. Diez, Jr. joned Krupnick, Campbell, Malone on February 1st, 2019. They will focus on medical malpractice ligation and assist the firm in other catastrophic and serious injury matters.

Since joining attorney Stephen Malove in 2007, Mr. Henratty has focused on medical malpractice and has been responsible for over $120 million in settlements and verdicts over the past decade. Mr. Henratty is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist. Mr. Henratty is the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and he is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist.

“It is truly an honor to join forces with the trial lawyer icons at Krupnick Campbell. Their vast resources and team approach to litigation is indeed formidable and we are excited to now be a part of that team,” said Henratty.

In addition to Mr. Henratty, associate Randall A. Diez, Jr. and a dedicated team of long-time support staff including Colleen Cheney, R.N. will begin working at Krupnick, Campbell, Malone. Ms. Cheney has been a registered nurse since 1975 and boasts a wealth of clinical experience in both the medical and legal field that is necessary for the complex investigation of medical malpractice cases.

Kelly Hancock, who joined the firm in 1989 after retiring as Broward County’s Chief Homicide Prosecutor, said “It has been the highest privilege to be a lawyer with Krupnick and Campbell for over 30 years. We are truly excited to be bringing in such an energetic group of trial attorneys and staff who have a track record of success and have been so effective at trial, especially in medical malpractice matters.”

As a result of the acquisition of its new medical malpractice team, the law firm of Krupnick, Campbell, Malone, Buser, Slama, Hancock P.A. will consist of 13 trial attorneys, many who have been there for over 30 years. . Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s nation-wide practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, admiralty, aviation disasters and rail accidents. The firm also engages in international litigation and the representation of sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts and pursues white collar criminals on behalf of corporations, banks and other victims they have defrauded. Over the last 15 years, Krupnick and Campbell has recovered in excess of $2.5 billion for its clients.

The firm has recently celebrated record setting settlements in premises liability, motor-vehicle accident and product defect cases. Krupnick and Campbell’s international division is continuing to expand its practice after unparalleled success and landmark decisions it has obtained in the course of representing multiple foreign sovereigns. Its anti-money laundering division is currently preparing for a $230 million trial in Miami-Dade County.

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The Law Firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock is welcoming a new team of trial attorneys and staff to lead its medical malpractice division. With these new additions, Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s will continue its 45-year history of providing high quality representation to Plaintiffs who have been injured and require legal assistance to secure fair compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Founding partner Jon Krupnick stated “Skip Campbell and I created an unparalleled culture of hard work and enthusiastic trial advocacy on behalf of our clients. We have achieved groundbreaking verdicts and our efforts have resulted in important case law which is relied upon by Plaintiff lawyers throughout the land. The firm and our incoming medical malpractice team shall continue these traditions and remain at the forefront of trial advocacy.”

Malove Henratty, P.A. Attorneys Scott L. Henratty and Randall A. Diez, Jr. joned Krupnick, Campbell, Malone on February 1st, 2019. They will focus on medical malpractice ligation and assist the firm in other catastrophic and serious injury matters.

Since joining attorney Stephen Malove in 2007, Mr. Henratty has focused on medical malpractice and has been responsible for over $120 million in settlements and verdicts over the past decade. Mr. Henratty is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist. Mr. Henratty is the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and he is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist.

“It is truly an honor to join forces with the trial lawyer icons at Krupnick Campbell. Their vast resources and team approach to litigation is indeed formidable and we are excited to now be a part of that team,” said Henratty.

In addition to Mr. Henratty, associate Randall A. Diez, Jr. and a dedicated team of long-time support staff including Colleen Cheney, R.N. will begin working at Krupnick, Campbell, Malone. Ms. Cheney has been a registered nurse since 1975 and boasts a wealth of clinical experience in both the medical and legal field that is necessary for the complex investigation of medical malpractice cases.

Kelly Hancock, who joined the firm in 1989 after retiring as Broward County’s Chief Homicide Prosecutor, said “It has been the highest privilege to be a lawyer with Krupnick and Campbell for over 30 years. We are truly excited to be bringing in such an energetic group of trial attorneys and staff who have a track record of success and have been so effective at trial, especially in medical malpractice matters.”

As a result of the acquisition of its new medical malpractice team, the law firm of Krupnick, Campbell, Malone, Buser, Slama, Hancock P.A. will consist of 13 trial attorneys, many who have been there for over 30 years. . Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s nation-wide practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, admiralty, aviation disasters and rail accidents. The firm also engages in international litigation and the representation of sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts and pursues white collar criminals on behalf of corporations, banks and other victims they have defrauded. Over the last 15 years, Krupnick and Campbell has recovered in excess of $2.5 billion for its clients.

The firm has recently celebrated record setting settlements in premises liability, motor-vehicle accident and product defect cases. Krupnick and Campbell’s international division is continuing to expand its practice after unparalleled success and landmark decisions it has obtained in the course of representing multiple foreign sovereigns. Its anti-money laundering division is currently preparing for a $230 million trial in Miami-Dade County.

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