Following an accident, it’s only natural to be overwhelmed. Even a seemingly minor fender-bender can leave you dismayed. It’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure your good health is maintained. While some injuries are obvious, such as broken bones and soft tissue injuries, there may be cases where you feel fine, only to have an injury suddenly appear a few days or weeks later. These delayed injuries not only affect the compensation you receive from a personal injury case, they can also be potentially deadly. Below are a few important steps to follow in case your injuries present themselves long after an accident.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
No matter how good you feel, it is important to see a doctor after an accident. A physician can help determine if you sustained any type of injuries, which may not present themselves until long after the accident, such as soft tissue injuries or concussions/brain contusions. Even if the injuries don’t show up until a later time, you have medical records that show you received attention and treatment right after the accident. These documents may help your personal injury case.
Do Not Settle Right Away
If you are contacted by the at-fault party’s insurance company and they encourage you to sign a release, you should refuse and wait until you have been fully evaluated by a medical professional. If you accept any offers before you learn about delayed injuries, you will waive your legal right to pursue compensation for those injuries.
Consult with an Attorney
Technically, you can file a personal injury claim against an insurance company by yourself, but an experienced lawyer can help you go up against a big auto insurance company and its team of lawyers. Because an insurance company will want to pay you the least amount possible, an attorney can help recover the compensation you require for any delayed injuries.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident or collision that resulted in delayed injuries, it is crucial that you reach out to our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers at Politis & Matovina, P.A. immediately. We can help you obtain compensation for any medical bills, loss of wages or pain and suffering.
Call (386) 333-6613 or contact us online to speak with a representative today!