If you are involved in a car accident, you may think you are unharmed just
because you don’t feel any pain. However, sometimes your injuries
may not present themselves until days after the crash. Such injuries include
soft tissue damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as concussions
and whiplash. If you wait to see a doctor, insurance companies will try
to prove that the injuries did not result from the crash. With this in
mind, you can still pursue compensation for injuries that are not immediately apparent.
Because some injuries may not present symptoms right away, it is important
to do 3 things after an accident:
Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to see your doctor
after an accident. A doctor can help determine if there are any tissue
injuries or possible conditions that may have a delayed appearance. Thus,
even if your injuries don’t present themselves for days or weeks,
you have medical records showing that you received attention and treatment
right after the accident. This can bolster your argument in court and
help you pursue compensation.
Refuse to sign a release. Insurance companies will try to get you to sign a release of any claims
you may have after an accident. However, if you sign the release, you
will have no legal right to compensation, even if your injuries appear
days or weeks later. Thus, it is important to hold off on signing the
release until you have seen your doctor to make sure you don’t have
any injuries that may become apparent later on.
Wait long enough for your injuries to appear. You can talk to you doctor to determine how long you should wait. Depending
on the situation, you may have to wait a few days or weeks just to make
sure you don’t suffer any long-term conditions. Some injuries, like
concussions, have subtle symptoms that often do not appear for hours or
days. These include headaches, blurred vision, trouble concentrating,
dizziness, nausea, and lack of energy. By talking to your physician, you
can understand how long to wait until signing the insurance release. That
way, even if your symptoms don’t appear until long after the accident,
you can still pursue the compensation you deserve.
Dedicated Representation for Car Accident Victims in Philadelphia
With more than 80 years of combined experience, Shrager, Spivey & Sachs
has guided hundreds of clients to successful legal solutions. If you have
been injured in a car accident, we can discuss your options, gather evidence,
and represent you aggressively in court. Our Philadelphia car accident
attorneys are passionate about helping clients achieve the financial settlement
they deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other
damages. We can provide diligent, thorough legal services as you seek
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