Automobile accidents can cause severe physical and emotional trauma for an individual. In some instances, injuries may take days or even weeks to materialize. Although the symptoms may be latent in nature, this does not diminish their importance as far as your health and legal rights are concerned. Learn some critical steps to protect your legal rights and ensure compensation if injury symptoms don’t show up right away after a vehicular accident.
Be aware of delayed symptoms
Delayed pain and injury after an accident may vary from one individual to another. During the days after an accident, monitor your health and watch out for any unusual pain or unease in your body. Some of the commonly delayed symptoms after a vehicular collision include the following:
- Numbness in the hands, arms, neck, or shoulders
- Back pain and soreness
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Dizziness and fainting
- Depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Visit a doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms hours or days after an accident. In fact, get a check-up right away, even if you feel fine. The doctor will assess symptoms, administer any treatment necessary, and provide documented proof of injuries which can be useful when seeking compensation.
Avoid hasty settlements
After an accident involving another party, the other driver’s insurance company may try to persuade you into signing a release of liability. In some instances, they may offer a sum of money to resolve the matter quickly. If symptoms manifest after signing a release with the insurer, you may not receive compensation for the injuries. Avoid agreeing to a hasty settlement with the other party until a doctor has evaluated you.
Allow a physician to determine the full extent of your injuries and give an accurate estimate of any medical costs that you may incur in the future. With this knowledge and proof, you can pursue compensation from the other party.
If you need legal advice regarding delayed symptoms and physical care after a collision, contact a car accident lawyer at Michelle Linka Law Professional Corporation. Call us today at (905) 448-7810 or (416) 477-7288 to set up a consultation.