Car accidents are very traumatic and your body automatically goes into shock after a collision. If you have recently experienced a car accident, you may be suffering from unknown injuries. Sometimes, certain injuries such as soft tissue damage or nerve damage will not appear right away. When your body is in a state of shock, it releases endorphins to your brain that temporarily block out pain. If you are filing a car accident claim, you will be expected to provide proof of your injuries.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Many different factors contribute to the severity of your car accident injuries. Your position in the car during the accident, the make and model of the vehicle, your seatbelt or lack thereof, and many other circumstances will affect your injuries. For example, head-on collisions usually cause very severe upper body injuries.
When you’re involved in a car accident, you may suffer from an impact injury or a penetrating injury. Impact injuries are caused by direct contact between your body and the vehicle. Penetrating injuries are cuts, scrapes, etc. Another form of injury you might experience is a soft tissue injury. These injuries affect ligaments, tendons, and muscles. A soft tissue injury can result in whiplash, which is damage to the neck muscles.
Go to the Hospital
The best advice is simple: go to the hospital after a car accident. Be sure to inform the doctor of any aches and pains you experience. Let them know if you feel dizzy, lightheaded, etc. This may be a sign of a concussion. It is important for you to have all medical treatment documented by a professional. This will come in handy when you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Talk to an Attorney
Insurance adjusters are known to contact victims immediately after a car accident. Their main goal is to get you to settle the claim without a lawyer. Initially, this may seem like a good idea, but you will regret it in the long run. Claims specialists are skilled at negotiating settlement terms that are very favorable to the insurance company. They will urge you to sign a release form that absolves the insurance company of any wrongdoing and will prevent you from suing them in the future.
You may miss out on thousands of dollars by signing a release form. You also may discover that your injuries are much more severe than you initially believed. If you sign the release forms early on, then you won’t be able to receive damages for subsequent medical bills and treatment.
The weeks following a car accident are crucial. You need a personal injury attorney that is skilled in negotiating with insurance companies. The right attorney will be able to guide you through the litigation process and keep you well-informed and prepared. Call Heuser & Heuser LLP today.