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What If My Accident Injuries Don’t Show Up Right Away

If you or a loved one has experienced a car accident, you may have walked away with no signs or symptoms of injury or medical trauma. However, there are often situations in which your injuries after a car accident may not appear immediately. In some cases, it may not appear until days after the accident took place. Even if your injuries are late-appearing, it is important to know how to protect your health and legal rights. Here, the auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg discuss the potential late-appearing side effects after an auto accident, as well as your legal options for how to proceed. 

Common Occurrences & Injuries After A Car Accident

Due to the rush of endorphins and adrenaline our bodies experience during and directly after a car accident, our bodies can block the pain we may be experiencing. Even though you may feel fine, your body may not be fine. Once those chemical interactions subside, the pain will eventually set in, and you will begin to realize you actually have endured injuries from your accident. Common injuries that occur after a car accident include soft tissue injuries and concussions. Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries not regarding bones, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. One of the most common and recognizable soft tissue injuries that many suffer from after an auto accident is “whiplash,” an injury to the neck muscles when the head is aggressively whipped back and forth quite suddenly. In many cases, the symptoms of whiplash can take days or even weeks to appear and diagnose. Concussions occur when your head or body is violently struck, causing impact between your brain and the inside of your skull. Concussions can be very dangerous, but just like whiplash, symptoms of concussions do not always appear right away. Symptoms of concussions include headaches, blurry vision, the inability to concentrate or develop clear thoughts, nausea, dizziness, and abnormal sleeping patterns. 

Seek Medical Attention As Soon As Possible

Regardless of when you experience symptoms of injury or medical trauma from your accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Even if you feel fine after your accident, it may be a smart idea to receive a medical evaluation by either a first responder to the scene or your own doctor. It is beneficial to see your own doctor as they will be able to determine whether you are suffering from any serious injuries and provide advice on how to monitor yourself for symptoms of possible injuries that may appear in the future. Additionally, it is extremely crucial to take record of all your medical visits and treatments, especially if you plan on making an injury claim. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the harder it will become to win over an insurance adjuster. 

Be Aware Of Your Legal Rights

After the accident, it is likely that the other driver’s insurance provider will contact you to sign a claim release or even offer you money to persuade you to sign one. Before signing anything either your adjuster or that of the other driver presents to you, you should be fully evaluated by a medical professional to assess all potential injuries or distress. This is extremely crucial, as if you have already signed a release and an injury were to appear later on, you will not be able to backtrack and ask the insurance company to help pay for your treatment. 

Seek the Assistance of an Auto Accident AttorneyAuto accidents can be frightening, especially if you or a loved one walks away with an injury or other medical trauma. After seeking the appropriate medical attention to tend to your needs, it is important to begin to address your legal rights regarding the injuries you have suffered. In order to ensure that your claims process goes as smooth as possible, contact an auto accident attorney. The team of qualified auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Evan K. Thalenberg have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you navigate the injury claim process and provide you with the assistance and compensation you deserve. To schedule a consultation or to learn more, contact us today.