Oftentimes, injuries sustained from car accidents are noticeable right away. However, not all injuries show up right away, especially in less severe accidents. When injury symptoms are delayed, drivers and passengers tend not to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident.
They continue their daily lives not knowing that they have an underlying injury that will progress over time. Worse, when a driver in a minor accident delays seeking treatment and then finally files a personal injury claim, the insurance company will argue that the driver’s delay proves that their injuries are not related to the accident and that their claim is illegitimate. Maho Prentice, LLP can help you file your claim and fight these accusations.
Whiplash is one of the most common, non-life-threatening delayed injuries that occur after a car accident. Whiplash is caused by the sudden back-and-forth motion of the neck that stretches and strains the muscles, causing pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. At first, the victim doesn’t feel anything, but after several hours, days, or weeks, it can become painful to sleep or move their head.
Internal bleeding is a life-threatening injury that also doesn’t appear right away. Usually caused by the capillaries bursting from the abdomen hitting the seatbelt or dashboard, internal bleeding can cause death within hours or days if not treated immediately. What makes this so dangerous is that the symptoms of internal bleeding don’t show right away. Several hours later, however, the victim may feel abdominal pain and will need to seek emergency medical treatment.
You should always seek medical attention following a car accident, even if you don’t think that you have been severely injured. Only a licensed medical professional can confirm or deny if you’ve sustained any serious injuries. They could even save your life.
Why Delaying Medical Treatment Hurts Your Case
Insurance companies want to save money. They fight against fraudulent claims, but sometimes that goal prevents them from paying victims who truly deserve compensation. When you delay medical treatment, they assume it is because you were not injured as badly as you claim. Even worse, they may accuse you of seeking medical help later to get money from a personal injury claim.
That should not scare you from getting the medical attention you need. If you have a valid claim, then a personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. If you are suffering from aches and pains after your accident, you should be assessed by a doctor.
Why You Should Speak To An Attorney
A personal injury attorney can fight for you to help get what you deserve. They can negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company. Most offer free consultations, so contact a personal injury attorney today to talk about your delayed injuries after your car accident.