Yes, you can. When you’ve been involved in a vehicle collision, your injuries may not be obvious right away. Provided that you haven’t settled your claim and signed a liability release with the insurance company, you may still receive compensation for delayed injuries. However, you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident in order to receive compensation.
Delayed Injury Symptoms
A car crash can be a terrifying experience, resulting in a sudden release of adrenaline. This adrenaline rush can temporarily mask serious injuries that should be addressed by a medical professional. After the vehicle accident, physical and emotional symptoms may begin to surface, such as:
- Headaches. A headache that begins after a vehicle accident may indicate whiplash, a brain injury, or a concussion. A severe headache may also signal post-traumatic stress disorder. Take note of the intensity and location of the pain, and report this information to your doctor.
- Back pain. Pain in the back may indicate a herniated disc, whiplash, or soft-tissue injuries.
- Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs. Sensations of numbness and tingling frequently indicate a herniated disc that is putting pressure on spinal nerves.
- Neck and shoulder pain. Neck and shoulder pain is frequently a sign of whiplash or a spinal injury such as a herniated disc.
- Abdominal pain. Abdominal pain can indicate serious internal injuries, which may be fatal if left untreated. Internal bleeding frequently causes headaches, dizziness, and severe bruises. If you experience abdominal pain after an accident, seek medical attention immediately.
- Emotional pain and suffering. The emotional trauma of a vehicle accident can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Symptoms of PTSD may include anxiety, depression, nightmares, and difficulty sleeping.
You Need an Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as your injury symptoms appear. Once you’ve obtained treatment for your injuries, you should pursue compensation for the damages you’ve sustained. An experienced attorney can help to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.