It is not at all uncommon for a person who is been involved in a motor vehicle accident to have delayed or latent symptoms. There are many different types of injuries that do not present any type of pain or discomfort for hours- or even days- after the accident. Some of the more common forms of injuries that can present delayed symptoms include:
- soft tissue injuries
- herniated, ruptured, or slipped discs
- spinal cord injuries
- internal bleeding
- head injuries
- other internal injuries
If you have been injured in some type of an accident and you have been putting off seeing a doctor because you originally did not think you were injured, you might be wondering what you should do now. You might also want to know if you have a personal injury case whereby you could collect monies for your injuries and damages.
What should you do?
There are two things that you should be doing immediately.
- The first is you should contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury attorney so that you can learn more about your particular situation and get additional information about what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. One of the things that the insurance company of the person that caused your accident will argue is that because you failed to seek immediate medical care. Because of this, they will claim that you were either not injured or you have contributed in some way to the severity of your injuries.
- You should also contact a doctor and make an immediate appointment in order to determine the nature and extent of your injuries. If you have medical insurance, you will want to find out the protocol that you will have to follow before you see a doctor. This is an important step as you want to ensure that all of your medical bills are paid by your health insurance carrier. Another option you have available to you is to go to the hospital emergency room. If the injury is either bone-related or soft tissue in nature, you could see an orthopedic doctor. If you are having tingling sensations, if you have some type of nerve injury, or if you have a head injury, you could consider visiting a neurologist.
What should you never do?
We stress that one of the most important things you should never do is speak with the insurance company of the person that caused your accident. This is because the adjuster will be looking for ways to get you to admit that you are either partially responsible for causing the accident, or that you did not seek immediate medical care and attention, or that you have had pre-existing injuries so that this accident did not cause them. They will search for a number of reasons as to why the insurance company of the person that caused your accident does not owe you full value for your accident or injury case.
The lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP have been representing injured parties and their families for decades. We have literally written the book on Connecticut personal injury law. You can also download our vast list of free resources that will help you in your personal injury case here. Do not delay getting this valuable free information.
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