You just got in a car accident. You could have been rear-ended or the other driver went thru a red light and hit you. After the initial shock, you may experience immediate pain from a broken bone, or felt the impact from your face striking the airbag that just deployed. Sometimes, however, it may not be so obvious that you sustained a serious injury. You may have declined an ambulance or medical attention at the scene of the crash. Days or even weeks later symptoms may develop and worsen. You could have sustained serious internal injuries that were initially ignored or brushed off as minor. It’s a familiar scenario, but it does not mean you cannot seek compensation for your personal injuries.
In Massachusetts, an at-fault driver may be liable for your personal injuries even if symptoms are delayed. An experienced Massachusetts car accident attorney may be able to help you seek compensation from a responsible party for your pain and suffering.
The Trauma of an Accident
Not realizing the extent and severity of your injury right away is common. Being involved in a car crash is a traumatic event. Trauma affects our brains. In a recent study, accidents were shown to be the most frequent traumatic event experienced by males (25%) and the second most frequent traumatic event experienced by females (13%) in the United States. Faced with the trauma of a car crash, your brain goes into survival mode and levels of cortisol adrenaline increase dramatically. Not everyone reacts the same after being in a car accident. Ideally, immediate medical attention is preferred. However, it may be harder to think clearly or logically to tell the EMT or ambulance crew at the scene of the collision what symptoms you may be experiencing. Disorientation and confusion after a car crash is common, especially with all the chaos going on around you.
Common Symptoms May Take Days or Even Weeks to Develop:
· Brain Injury
· Neck Pain
· Shoulder Stiffness
· Back Pain
· Disc Injury
· Numbness or Loss of Feeling
· Whiplash Injury
Seek Medical Attention as Soon as Possible.
If you were injured in an accident and sometime later realize your symptoms are getting worse, contact your health care professional right away. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may still be entitled to damages. Speak to one of our experienced Massachusetts car accident lawyers about your case.
We want to help you get the compensation you deserve even if an auto accident related injury is delayed. If you have suffered an injury from an auto crash, even a delayed injury, make sure you seek immediate medical care. If you want to talk to one of our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys, call us so we can evaluate your case at no charge.