Latent Pain After an Accident? Here’s What to Do
When most people think of injuries that are related to automobile accidents, they tend to think of those inflicted by the immediate impact first. While it is true that the vast majority of auto accident injuries are obvious right away, particularly in more severe accidents, there are many different kinds of injuries in which the symptoms do not manifest until later. If you do suffer this kind of latent pain after an accident, what are the options for receiving compensation?
Thankfully, it is not an unusual circumstance to not feel the pain of an injury until days or even weeks after an accident. Whiplash, head trauma, spinal pain, internal bleeding, and psychological afflictions, can all only become relevant much later after an accident. If you do suffer this kind of pain, be sure to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. This is recommended for two reasons: firstly, you are able to help alleviate the pain and, secondly, you will be able to document all medical treatment undergone.
It is this medical treatment that you will be seeking the compensation for. It is recommended that, if you have already signed off on a liability release following the accident, that you wait until you have fully recovered from the injury, or as much as medically possible. This is known as reaching a maximum medical improvement (or MMI) and it will give you a complete dollar amount to seek the compensation for.
While it is fully within your rights to seek financial compensation from the at-fault driver in an auto accident, it can be tricky to navigate the legal process the further away you get from the accident itself. Therefore, it is always recommended that you consult with an attorney if you have any doubts or questions about how to file a personal injury case and doing so will greatly increase your chances of victory. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this role, and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us any time at (813) 872-0929.