When a car accident occurs, there’s probably a lot of thoughts going through your head. You’re worried about your injuries, if the other person or people involved in the accident is okay, and how you’re going to handle the car accident claim. One of the most important things to do is to make sure your rights are protected. A Cincinnati car accident lawyer from Bey & Associates can help you with your claim.
Delayed Car Accident Injury Symptoms
A car accident can cause serious injuries. After a car accident, it’s important to listen to what your body is telling you. Pain is not normal and is indicative that something is wrong.
- Concussions. You may feel headaches, have trouble with balance, or feel disoriented.
- Whiplash. A car accident can make someone’s head jerk back and forth, causing the neck to strain. Whiplash can have symptoms of headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain.
- Back Pain. Pain in your back can mean something happened to your spine, a ligament, or could also indicate whiplash.
- Psychological Injuries. People may develop depression or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a car crash. Feeling sad, scared, or experiencing flashbacks could be a sign of emotional trauma.
Don’t try to tough it out through your injuries or wait for it to get better. If you’re in pain, you need to seek treatment.
What Causes Delayed Symptoms?
You may be wondering why some car accident injuries can take days or weeks to show symptoms. After a car accident, your body goes through a tremendous amount of shock. Your body can flood with adrenaline and other hormones that mask the symptoms. This leads people to believe that they’re fine when really their body is still reacting to the trauma of the crash.
Feeling symptoms in one area can mean that the real injury is elsewhere. Neck and shoulder pain could be because of a spinal injury. You shouldn’t make attempts to self-diagnose.
What Should You Do After a Car Crash in Ohio?
No matter how you feel, you need to go to the doctor and get a medical evaluation. They will be able to assess your injuries and tell you what’s wrong and how to proceed with treatment. Failing to go to the doctor could allow your injuries to get worse and this will take more time to recover or possibly cause chronic pain. Your compensation may be lessened because you waited until the injuries worsened.
Once you have a treatment plan, you need to listen to your doctor. If they say to stay home and rest, you shouldn’t be going in to work. Returning to work too early could make the injuries worse or you could reinjure yourself. Many people return to work regardless of what their doctor says because they’re nervous about missing work, but you’ll do more damage in the long run. It’s important to give yourself time to heal properly.
You should also prepare for calls from insurance adjusters. They will try to get you to make a recorded statement and talk about your injuries. If they do call, do not consent to a recorded call and don’t discuss your medical condition as this can be used to reduce your compensation.
For example, you may complain about neck pain and they’ll make a note of that. But maybe a few days later you develop back pain. You may not get compensation for back pain because you didn’t mention it to the adjuster. There may also be instances where you think you’re just being conversational when you say you’re feeling fine or your injuries aren’t that bad. But you may not know the full extent of your injuries or you’re making an offhand comment. But these can be used as evidence that you’re not really that injured. These calls are tricky, but your lawyer can help you navigate communication with insurance adjusters.
Get Help from a Cincinnati Car Accident Lawyer Today
Car accident injuries must be taken seriously. If left unchecked, they could turn into expensive, painful problems that you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your life. Your compensation could give you the financial relief you need so you can go through your treatment, recover, and get back to living your life at a reasonable and healthy pace.
The lawyers at Bey & Associates are always ready to stand up for those who have been injured by someone else’s negligence. Get in touch with us today and schedule a free consultation.