Practically every minute of every day, someone in the U.S. is in an auto accident. That’s according to stats from the National Highway Traffic Association.
If you’re involved in an accident, one of the first things you should do is be seen by your doctor. Many car accident victims make the mistake of not seeing their doctor because they generally feel OK.
The truth of the matter, though, is that car accident injuries can take days, weeks, and even months to appear.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will talk more about car accident injuries that can take a while to reveal themselves, and the importance that a doctor’s office visit makes in a personal injury claim.
Why do car accident injuries sometimes take so long to appear?
In medical and legal circles, injuries that take time to reveal themselves are known as “delayed onset injuries.”
Keep in mind that a car accident can be a stressful event. When this happens, adrenaline and endorphins kick in and can mask the appearance of injuries.
What types of injuries are commonly delayed?
Injuries that are not identifiable by the naked eye or an X-ray are common. Good examples of these are concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Whiplash, which can result in swelling and limited muscle use, is another delayed onset injury.
Surprisingly, knee and shoulder injuries can mask themselves early on, but as the inflammation continues, the pain makes them unmistakable.
Psychological injuries, such as developing a fear of driving after a car accident, can be difficult to detect early on.
How does seeing a doctor help me legally?
For one thing, your examination begins a track record of evidence. Even though you may not immediately feel any negative effects, your doctor will know what to look for in terms of injuries related to car accidents.
If you’re injured in a car accident, call the Alaska personal injury lawyers at Barber & Associates.
After seeing your doctor, it’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer to weigh your options.
Injuries that mask themselves early on can cause you to lose wages and eventually run up medical bills long after the accident has occurred.
Here at Barber & Associates, we’ve earned our reputation for aggressively fighting on behalf of Alaskans injured by others. We’ll fight on your behalf for justice and fair compensation so that you can concentrate completely on your recovery.