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What if my injuries present themselves long after an accident?

What if my injuries present themselves long after an accident?

February 14, 2017

Auto accidents are known for being chaotic and frightening events. In the heat of the moment, a victim can easily not remember the details of a collision or how they might have been thrown about the vehicle or collided with objects. Due to adrenaline and the overwhelming nature of a traffic collision, many victims think they are fine and that they do not need medical treatment.

It is not uncommon, nor is it unusual, for a victim to later realize that they suffered injuries in an auto accident. Depending on the crash and type of harm a victim suffered, injuries may not present themselves until days, weeks, or in some cases months after an accident. This is especially true of brain injuries, spinal nerve injuries, and whiplash or soft tissue injuries, all of which may not have apparent symptoms until time passes.

Unfortunately, when injuries present themselves long after an accident, it can complicate the personal injury claim process and the rights of victims who want to pursue compensation for their damages, including the costs of needed medical treatment. Still, it does not definitively mean that you will not be able to recover compensation, especially if you work with experienced lawyers

Delays in finding out that a victim suffered an injury in a car accident usually happen when victims do not seek timely medical treatment. Whether you think you can tough it out or simply are not sure of how to go about seeking medical care, it is important to remember that you should always seek prompt medical treatment after you are involved in a crash. Not only can this help ensure any injury or condition you are not aware of can be evaluated, but it can also aid you in your personal injury claim.

Unfortunately, insurance companies are not keen on paying out claims filed by victims their policyholders injured. In fact, they do whatever they can to not pay them. Because insurance companies place profits over people, they are typically quick to point out delays in medical treatment and argue that it shows a victim was not really injured, when in fact a victim may have been injured all along but never sought a proper medical evaluation.

While you should always seek medical treatment after a car accident, there are certain injuries that do not present themselves immediately after a crash, and these injuries can be supported by medical evaluations and evidence during your case. If you are experiencing pain or symptoms and believe they may have resulted from your crash, you should seek medical care as soon as the injuries present themselves.

Regardless of whether you sought immediate medical treatment following an accident or didn’t experience pain until later, you still have the legal right to pursue a recovery of your damages from the party responsible for causing your crash. At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, our Hawaii personal injury lawyers have the experience and insight needed to handle accident cases resulting in all types of injuries, including those that may not present themselves until time passes after a crash.

If you have questions about a recent accident and your legal rights, we encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible, as time is an important factor in personal injury cases. Our legal team proudly serves clients on all islands of Hawaii, and can arrange to meet with you at our office in Honolulu or even travel to your home or the hospital.

To learn more about protecting your right to financial compensation after being hurt by another’s negligence, contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner today for a free consultation.

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