When an injury sustained in a car accident doesn't make itself known initially, it can make the process of recovering compensation more difficult. In some cases, delayed injuries are not immediately apparent due to shock or adrenaline from the accident. This blog will discuss common examples of delayed injuries and explain the importance of seeking medical attention after being injured in a car accident, even if you don't think your injuries are serious.
Common Delayed Injuries After a Car Accident
Delayed injuries following a car accident can include:
- Soft tissue damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
These types of injuries may not become apparent for days, weeks, or even months after the initial crash. Symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, neck pain, back pain, and soreness can all be signs that there is something more serious wrong. It is important to take these symptoms seriously and seek medical attention as soon as possible so that any potential injury can be properly diagnosed and treated.
Seeking Immediate Medical Attention Is Essential
It is important to seek medical attention right away after being involved in a car accident—even if you don't feel like you have been seriously injured—in order to document any potential injury that could affect your claim down the road. The sooner you receive medical help for your injury, the less likely it is that there will be questions about whether or not your injury was caused by the accident—and this could significantly increase your chances of receiving proper compensation for your damages.
Additionally, failing to get immediate medical attention could negatively impact your ability to get compensation at all because insurance companies may argue that the delay in care means that the injury occurred prior to or after the accident instead of during it.
How Insurance Companies Try to Work Against You
After you've been in a car accident, the last thing you need is to also be battling with your insurance company. Unfortunately, many car insurance companies will attempt to downplay victims' injuries in order to settle their claims quickly and cheaply. This process can include convincing the victim that their injuries are not as serious or expensive as they may think and trying to use language or tactics that may confuse victims who are already dealing with medical and other trauma.
If you find yourself dealing with an insurance company after being involved in an accident, arm yourself with knowledge about your rights and bear in mind that there are often individuals whose agenda is to maximize profits for the company rather than getting you what you're entitled to.
Seeking Compensation with Fulmer Sill
If you were recently involved in a car accident and suspect that you may have suffered from a delayed injury due to shock or adrenaline from the incident, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention before taking any further action regarding filing an insurance claim. Documenting all aspects of the incident as well as seeking out professional legal advice from an experienced attorney at Fulmer Sill who specializes in personal injury law will also help ensure that you receive proper compensation for any damages caused by another driver's negligence or recklessness on the road.
To learn more about how you can receive the maximum compensation you deserve, contact us today at (405) 433-7414.