Pain and Inconvenience After a Virginia Car Accident
By John Cooper, Virginia Car Accident Attorney
Pain and the inconvenience your lack of mobility may cause you is likely to be one of the most significant challenges you will face after a car crash with injuries.
The pain you suffer in the days and weeks after a crash may disrupt your work and your daily routine and even make it difficult to get out of bed.
We deal with the issue of pain after a car wreck in The Best Book About Virginia Car Accidents and Injuries, a publication I co-authored with my law partner, Jim Hurley. A free copy can be ordered through our website.
Unfortunately, you generally cannot be compensated for pain and inconvenience until you have completed your medical treatment. The insurance company of the driver who hit you may try to settle with you before you have completed your treatment. If you accept this money, it could be a big mistake. You will be signing away any rights you have in the future. In many cases, people who have been involved in car accidents, may not realize all of their symptoms until months after the accident. I have known of cases in which a traumatic brain injury has not been diagnosed until some time later.
It’s vital that you get the proper medical treatment from the outset. You should also know your legal rights so as the insurance company doesn’t take advantage of you. Most people are not aware of the staggering amount of inconvenience that a motor vehicle crash can cause to their lives. Your whole routine has been disrupted and it can seem overwhelming at times.
Sometimes the pain from a car accident, is not apparent immediately after a car accident or for quite a few hours, meaning you may not realize how serious your injuries are.
Why Pain May Be Delayed After a Car Accident Injury
1 – The Adrenalin Rush Masks the Pain
Car accidents can be exciting but not in the positive way we understand excitement. They can generate adrenaline and endorphins, two chemicals that super-charge our bodies and even block pain for a while. The fact you may feel fine immediately after an accident, is no indication that you will feel the same the next day. Always be cautious when making statements after accidents to police or insurance companies along the lines of “I feel fine” or “I am fine.” These statements could be used against you when you try to make an insurance claim for your injuries.
2 – You Have a Soft Tissue Injury
Sprains and injuries to ligaments, muscles and tendons, are considered “soft tissue,” injuries. Car accidents often generate a lot of force that places stress on vulnerable parts of the body.
The most common type of soft-tissue injury is “whiplash.” This refers to an injury to the neck muscles when the head is suddenly, and forcefully, thrown forward and then back. These injuries may not be immediately apparent.
3 – You Have a Concussion
While soft tissue injuries usually clear up, a head injury after a car accident could cause you serious long-term health issues. You may not realize the extent of the problem because you suffered a concussion. This happens if your brain strikes the inside of your skull with great force. Concussions can be extremely serious, and the symptoms often don’t show up immediately. If you lose consciousness, a medical provider will diagnose the issue. But symptoms such as clouded thinking, dizziness, disturbed sleep and an inability to concentrate are more insidious signs that you may have suffered a head injury.
If you are injured in a car accident in Virginia or North Carolina, due to the fault of another driver, you have a right to make an insurance claim for your pain and inconvenience. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or click the chat box on this website to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.