In a car accident, it can be difficult to immediately identify injuries due to how super-charged our bodies get. This traumatic event makes our bodies overly excited as adrenaline and endorphins rush through us increasing energy and even masking pain. Once the body relaxes, the pain and injuries sustained in the accident become apparent. These are called delayed injuries and to get compensation for them, you must do the following.
See a Doctor After a Car Accident
Car accident victims are to seek medical care as soon as possible after a car accident, even if they’re feeling fine. Since our bodies can mask pain, it is necessary to take other measures to ensure safety. Completing lab results for MRIs, x-rays, and physical examinations are some ways to reveal an injury, even if you feel fine. Two of the most common delayed injuries are:
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue damage occurs when the muscles, tendons, or ligaments are damaged due to external trauma. These injuries can appear as:
- Strained muscles
Even low-speed car accidents generate excessive force so be sure to not overlook these injuries in any case.
The skull and fluids protect the brain, but when the brain strikes the inside of our skulls with great force, it leads to a concussion. In a car accident where your body or head is violently jolted causing a concussion, one can experience any of these symptoms:
- Clouded thoughts
- Inability to concentrate
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Blurry vision
- Lack of energy
You do not need to strike your head in order to suffer these injuries. If the neck experiences a whiplash-type injury, you can still be at risk.
Do Not Settle Right Away
Take your doctor’s advice to determine how long after your car accident you need to wait for all possible injuries from the accident to manifest. Complete a full evaluation from a medical professional before signing anything from the insurance adjuster.
The other driver’s insurance company may also contact you after the accident, offering a sum of money to persuade you to sign the release. Signing this release will waive your legal right to pursue compensation for any injury that shows up later and you’ll lose the ability to request reimbursement for any other medical treatment.
Our Fort Lauderdale Lawyers Can Help
Consult a personal injury lawyer to ensure you receive the required compensation for your delayed injuries. Our team of Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers at Salpeter Gitkin, LLP are experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who understand the loss that results from car accidents. We have helped people just like you recover millions and can do the same for you. Contact us today at (954) 467-8622 for a free case evaluation.