An accident of any kind is a traumatic event and people are often in varying degrees of shock afterward. The body automatically pumps adrenaline into the bloodstream as part of its fight or flight response. It helps block the pain response which can lead people to believe they’re not injured, even when they are.
People may have a very serious injury and not realize it. They may also cause additional damage by walking around with the injury and by delaying to seek medical attention. It’s the primary reason that anyone involved in a vehicle accident or one in the workplace should immediately seek the guidance of an attorney experienced in personal injury accidents.
Sometimes the signs and symptoms of an injury won’t appear until days or even weeks later, depending on the nature of the injury. Individuals often think they don’t need an attorney if they weren’t at fault. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s easier for individuals to recall events while an accident is fresh in their mind. Consulting with an attorney as soon after an accident as possible will help individuals obtain any benefits or compensation to which they’re entitled.
Trying to directly relate symptoms of an injury to an accident that happened even a month ago can be extremely difficult. It may allow insurance companies to escape their liability and leave the injured party responsible for expensive medical and rehabilitation bills, lost wages, an inability to work, and full repairs to their vehicle.
Sometimes an insurance company will contact an individual and offer them money. If they accept it, individuals may be unknowingly waiving their rights to any further compensation and anything they say will be used against them. Never talk to the other person’s insurance company. Individuals should always direct any communications with another person’s insurance company directly to their own attorney.