Getting into a vehicle accident is usually a scary experience for those involved, particularly accident victims who are injured due to the negligence actions of another driver. In the immediate aftermath of a crash, victims may not realize that they have sustained an injury. It is not uncommon for car accident victims to report delayed injuries hours or even days after the crash occurs. However, delayed injuries can be complicated when it comes to insurance settlements. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, our Cleveland car accident attorneys want to discuss what you can do if you realize you are injured in the days following a crash.
In general, we always advise car accident victims to seek medical assistance as soon as possible after the crash occurs. Even victims who do not feel any pain in the aftermath of a crash should be evaluated by a doctor. Not only does this ensure that victims take care of their own well-being, but this also establishes a direct link between the injuries and the accident.
However, some people genuinely do not feel any pain any initial aftermath of a crash only to later experience delayed pain. First, any car accident victim needs to seek medical assistance as soon as they feel pain, whether this is hours after the crash or even days after the incident.
The best way to handle delayed car accident injuries is to inform your doctor and your auto insurance carrier as soon as you notice any pain.
You can be certain that the insurance carrier of the at-fault party will try to use any delayed reporting of injuries as a reason to deny or delay a settlement. However, it is important to recognize that delayed injuries must be taken seriously, and the victims should still be compensated. There is no way to reasonably expect a person to understand the full extent of their car accident injuries in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Some of the most common injuries that may not manifest themselves until hours or days after a crash include the following:
We should also point out that many car accident victims experience significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the incident and their subsequent injuries. This can include flashbacks and nightmares about the events, and many car accident victims experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you or somebody you care about has been involved in a car accident caused by another driver, and realize at a later time that you have been injured, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping car accident injury victims secure the compensation they deserve. This can include coverage of: