If you've been in a car accident, you must see a doctor as soon as possible. Many people don't realize they may have latent injuries - injuries that don't appear immediately. These injuries can be severe, and if you wait too long to see a doctor, the insurance company may try to use that against you. Our Texas personal injury attorneys explain why you should never wait to see a doctor after being in a car accident, and Payne Law Firm can help you.
Delayed-Onset Injuries After a Car Accident
Several injuries may not show symptoms the first few days after a car accident, even weeks after for some. These injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Psychological trauma and PTSD
According to Mayo Clinic, car accidents alone account for the majority of spinal cord injuries in the country. This is why doctors inquire about previous car accidents when assessing back or neck pain patients.
Don't wait for symptoms to show up before seeking medical attention. It's essential to have a doctor assess your overall condition, even if you feel fine at the moment. They will be able to detect latent injuries and provide proper treatment.
Protecting Your Claim with Prompt Medical Attention
In addition to seeking medical attention for your well-being, prompt medical attention can protect your insurance claim. When claiming compensation, the insurance company may try to downplay or deny the severity of your injuries if you delay seeing a doctor. They may argue that the car accident did not cause your latent injuries or that they were not as serious as you claimed. Additionally, delaying medical attention may cast doubt on the timing and causation of your latent injuries.
Consider Payne Law Firm for Help With Your Case
Don't wait to seek medical attention or legal assistance if you or a loved one have suffered latent injuries after a car accident. We can help you with your case by contacting [Site:BusinessName] for a free consultation. If you have been involved in a car accident, our experienced attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys.