What If Your Injuries Are Not Immediately Apparent?
When you’re hurt in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another person, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries, even those you’re not immediately aware of. You might have soft-tissue injuries—sprains, strains, or bruising—that don’t fully manifest for days or weeks. The adrenalin your body produces as a result of the accident can mask pain and discomfort. What steps should you take to ensure that you’ll be able to recover for all your losses, even those that are not readily apparent?
Seek Medical Attention After Any Car Crash
Whether it’s a fender-bender or a head-on collision, you should always get medical care after an auto accident. If you are in significant pain; have trauma to your head, neck, or back; or cannot get up and move on your own, wait for an ambulance and emergency medical technicians, and defer to their expertise. If you have any type of bump to the head, let the emergency medical personnel determine whether you should go to the hospital. The sooner you have a concussion diagnosed, the better your chances of a full recovery.
If you can walk away, go immediately to a hospital, urgent care facility, or personal physician. Tell medical professionals exactly what happened, making certain you talk about anything that seems out of the ordinary. Don’t focus only on your broken leg and forget to mention the minor stiffness in your back. Your leg may heal long before your back does.
Don’t Settle with An Insurance Company Until You Hire an Attorney
Be prepared for persistent communication from insurance adjusters, who will be friendly in hopes that you’ll take a quick settlement. It’s in their interest to pay you as little as possible to settle your claim. That’s how they maximize their profit. Your attorney, on the other hand, has a vested interest in maximizing the amount you receive. Let your lawyer deal directly with any insurance company.
Contact Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie, Seelaus & Kraft LLP
At Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie, Seelaus & Kraft LLP, we have protected the rights of personal injury victims in Pennsylvania since 1980. We offer a free initial consultation. We are currently communicating with clients by phone, text message, e-mail, and videoconference. To schedule an appointment, call us at 610-565-4055 or 302-594-4535 or contact us online.
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