You may sometimes walk away from an auto accident feeling fine, only to start feeling pain days, even weeks, after the accident. Learn what types of injury can present delayed symptoms and what to do if you begin feeling pain a while after the accident.
What Are Some Common Hidden Injuries After an Automobile Accident?
Whiplash is perhaps the most common hidden injury following an auto accident. Your head and neck are commonly jerked backward and forward in a sudden movement, which can cause soft tissue damage. In many cases, the neck pain and discomfort associated with a whiplash injury may not be noticeable for days, but if left untreated, may worsen and require medical treatment.
Another hidden injury to watch out for is a concussion. Suppose an auto accident victim has hit their head during the accident. In that case, they may not feel any concussion symptoms for several hours, only to develop a headache, nausea, dizziness, visual disturbance, trouble concentrating or finding words, and fatigue later. If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical help. Other hidden injuries may include back injuries, soft tissue injuries, and internal injuries (such as internal bleeding).
Do I Need to See a Doctor After an Accident Even if I Don’t Feel Hurt?
Many accident victims hesitate to see a doctor because they don’t believe they are hurt, only to experience delayed symptoms later. For that reason, you must be examined by a physician as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you are hurt or your symptoms seem minor.
By seeing a doctor soon after the accident, you will be able to document the progression of your injury. Most importantly, you will be able to start all needed medical treatment and evaluations.
Can I Still File a Personal Injury Claim if My Symptoms Didn’t Appear for Weeks After the Crash?
If you experienced delayed symptoms, you might still file a claim for personal injury, but be ready to present enough evidence to support your claim. If you did not see a doctor at the time of the accident, you might want to do so immediately. In the State of Washington, you have three years from the accident to file a lawsuit for personal injuries. Shorter deadlines may apply for certain insurance claims. For this reason, it is very important that you consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Your attorney can help you create a solid case to seek compensation for your damages.
What Should I Do if My Claim Is Denied?
It is not uncommon for insurance companies to deny accident claims in which the victim experienced hidden injuries with delayed symptoms. Fortunately, a personal injury attorney can advise you and negotiate with the insurance company. Book a consultation with a seasoned personal injury attorney immediately.