We have seen in automobile accidents that people get injured at the spot but there are other types of injuries which can appear long after the accident has happened. These injuries can range from a minor bump in the head to life threatening ones.
Filing for an injury declares differs from state to state, ranging from 15-90 days. This depends on the type of injury one is suffering. Yes one can file an injury declare long after the automobile accident. But the difference is in the injuries occurred.
Delayed Accident Injuries:
When you are filing an Injury Declare, make sure that it is from the Automobile accident happened before. Otherwise the Adjuster will not confirm the Declare. There are some Delayed Accident Injuries on which you can declare your claim.
It occurs when the brain is jolted inside the skull, which is a mild form of trauma. The prominent symptoms of a concussion is dizziness, confusion, mood swings, change in sleep and eating habits, sensitivity to bright light and loud noises, loss of consciousness and memory. Many of these symptoms can appear even after a week of the accident.
A very frequent injury that can occur during car accidents is the Whiplash to the neck. Like concussion, whiplash is the whir in the neck. People experience deep pain in the neck, back and shoulders with headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and ringing in the ears. Whiplash has a delayed time of occurrence. Symptoms can occur after weeks of the incident.
Soft Tissue Injuries:
This type of injury has a very broad category but primarily it includes damage to the muscle, ligaments or tendons of the body. Commonly you will notice swelling of the injured area as well as stiffness, discoloration and pain. Soft tissue injuries may appear after a few days and some long after.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
As the name suggests people develop mental disorder after an accident has occurred. The impact of the trauma is to sever that patients exhibit loss of hope, negative thinking, anxiety mood swings and other eating and sleeping disorders. PTSD is an immediate reaction but trails of symptoms can be seen in later stages also even after months or years. PTSD typically occurs to combat veterans but survivors of sever automobile accidents can also experience PTSD.
Delayed abdominal pain:
When an automobile accident occurs to you, you tend to lose consciousness and don’t remember anything. But after a week or so you start having severe abdominal pain with no good reason. This can be the result of the accident you had, the pain start coming in after a few days.
What to do next?
After you have gain consciousness the first thing you must do is hire a Personal Injury Lawyer. He will help you in all the legal matters. You can hire one in advance too.
Make sure that the Injuries you claim to have are the cause of the accident you were previously in because the insurance companies at many times manipulate and try to minimize the insurance claim.
Don’t sign anything without your lawyer present there. Wait till lingo or maximum medical improvement has been done. Often symptoms of many injuries appear late.
I hope that this article has helped you in taking out the confusion in your mind about late injuries and how to file a delayed injury declare. Some people don’t take delayed injuries seriously. My advice to them is to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your family.