It's not unusual for car accident victims to feel the true effects of their injuries days or even weeks after the crash. Unfortunately, a delay in symptoms often leads to a delay in treatment—something insurers are quick to use against you when it comes time for them to pay your claim.
Delayed Car Accident Injuries May Cause Problems in an Accident Case
Even if you waited to get medical treatment after a car accident, you could still collect an insurance payment that will cover your lost income, hospital bills, and other damages. However, you will need to act quickly.
If your pain has worsened since the accident, you should:
- Get treatment now. It is vital that you see a doctor at the first hint of symptoms related to a car wreck. Neck pain and headaches may be temporary effects of the crash, or they could be symptoms of a herniated disc. A medical professional can give you a complete evaluation of your injuries, record your symptoms and treatment, and tell you your prognosis for the future.
- Wait to settle your claim. You should never accept a settlement from an at-fault driver's insurance company until you know the full effects of your injuries. Once you accept an insurance payout, you may be barred from seeking any further compensation.
- Speak to an attorney. Many people wonder if they really need a lawyer for an injury case. If you let any time pass between the crash and your first medical appointment, you will likely have trouble getting an insurance company to pay you what you are owed. Insurers have a dedicated team of lawyers to fight and defeat injury claims, so it is vital that you have your own attorney by your side.
If you suffered a serious injury, the legal team at GriffithLaw would be honored to fight on your behalf. Simply fill out the short contact form on this page or give us a call at (615) 807-7900 to learn more.