WHAT IF MY PAIN AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT WAS DELAYED
It is not uncommon for what seemed to be a relatively minor fender-bender type of accident, to cause serious injuries. It is possible for what seemed to just cause a stiff neck and sore back, to later cause significant injury and pain that will not go away. You may have felt okay at fist, experiencing the type of back pain you may feel on a typical day. But all of a sudden, the pain doesn’t go away, and in fact, gets worse.
SOME INJURIES AND SYMPTOMS MAY BE DELAYED
It is not unusual for an injury and the corresponding pain to be delayed after an accident and in many cases, it may take place well after the accident. Many injuries may prevail or become increasingly problematic at a later date.
Sometimes injuries do heal and do just subside, but that is not always the case. If you are experiencing headaches that don’t seem to be going away, it may be stress-related or could be a sign of brain injury, whiplash, neck injury, or a concussion.
As it related to neck and back pain, this is often indicative of whiplash. It is possible that neck and back pain may also be a sign of a spinal injury such as a herniated disc or chronic pain. Sometimes the numbness and tingling you feel may be a pinched nerve.
Often overlooked, psychological and emotional pain and suffering may take place weeks or even months later. Once the initial post-accident chaos calms down, often times our clients will experience driver or passenger anxiety and phobia, or even PTSD. It’s also possible that brain injuries cause emotional conflict and trauma affecting one’s balance and personality.
DON’T BE IN A RUSH TO SIGN A RELEASE OR SETTLE YOUR CLAIM
Injured victims often feel hopeless, which may put them in a vulnerable position to sign a release prematurely. Additionally, because an injured victim feels wronged, it is common to feel like receiving immediate compensation. The truth is though, developing a proper case and getting fair compensation takes time. Part of this is because it is often too difficult to tell the extent of injuries until quite some time after the accident. As aforementioned, some injuries may be delayed and therefore it takes time in order for them to be caught under the ambit of a fair settlement.
HIRE AN EXPERIENCED LAWYER TO ASSESS YOUR CLAIM
Provided you haven’t settled your claim and signed a release, it’s not too late to get compensation for delayed injuries. By contacting our office, we can give you an evaluation of your claim and the likelihood of receiving compensation. We understand that sometimes injuries are delayed and therefore do whatever we can to advance your case despite the fact it has taken some time before realizing the extent of your injuries.
If you or a loved one has experienced delayed pain after an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact a lawyer immediately as there may be time limits that could prejudice or statute-bar your claim. Contact our office now for a free no-obligation consultation.
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