Car accidents happen every day, and the damages and injuries to victims can vary from only scrapes, scratches and bruises to complete property loss and loss of life. In many instances, victims who experience a car accident feel a sense of relief once the shock of the experience begins to fade and they do not feel any pain or see signs of injury.

Unfortunately, many car accident injuries are not obvious at first, and may not cause pain or other symptoms for hours, days or even weeks. Victims of car accidents who do not receive a full medical examination after a car accident may not ever realize their injuries are related to the accident, and may not receive the care they need before it is too late.

Protecting your well-being and your rights is important after any accident. Whether you believe you suffered injuries or not, it is important to seek a doctor to give you a full medical examination as soon as possible, to identify hidden injuries and help you create a strong personal injury claim.

Delayed-onset injuries

Many people do not realize that some injuries are not painful, but are still dangerous. It is tempting to avoid unnecessary medical care, but when it comes to car accidents, not knowing about an injury can kill you or leave you with long-term discomfort and other symptoms. Delayed-onset injuries may include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Neck and spine injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Internal organ damage
  • Soft tissue damage or whiplash

Depending on the seriousness of any of these injuries, you may suffer significant pain and discomfort or even life-threatening symptoms, but not for a period of hours or days. By seeking professional medical care as soon as a car accident occurs, you can protect your long-term health and avoid costly medical care with early prevention.

Build a claim that truly meets your needs

Insurance companies are always looking for ways to avoid paying out more than necessary, and delayed onset injuries are easy to dismiss without strong medical documentation. If you have a claim to file with an insurer, make sure that you collect as much documentation of your injuries and losses as possible, to build a strong claim that an insurer must address fairly.

With a solid legal strategy and good tools and guidance, you can focus your time and energy on your own recovery from your accident, moving you toward wellness and wholeness as soon as possible while keeping your rights secure.