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, or 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 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 to make an immediate appointment so you can determine the nature and extent of your injuries. If you have medical insurance you will want to find out the process that you have to follow before you see a doctor so that your medical bills are paid by your health insurance carrier. You could certainly go to the hospital emergency room. You could see an orthopedic doctor if the injury is either bone related or soft tissue in nature. You could visit a neurologist if you are having tingling sensations, if you have some type of nerve injury or if you have a head injury.
What should you never do?
You should never speak with the insurance company of the person that caused your accident 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 or a number of other ways that the insurance company will later claim that they do not owe you a 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 written the book, literally, on Connecticut personal injury law. Call us today to get your questions answered or to schedule a free consultation. You can even download our free book on Connecticut accident and injury law here.
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