If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, you might be wondering what you can expect in terms of physical pain and the rate of recovery. Every accident is unique and can result in a wide range of injuries and recovery periods. Even people who do not sustain injuries that are immediately evident after an accident might start to notice pain and other symptoms sometime later. After a car accident, speak with an experienced San Jose car accident attorney to learn more about your legal options, as well as how to protect yourself financially in the case of injury or other damages.
Physical Discomfort After a Car Accident
It is common to experience physical discomfort and soreness after a car accident. A collision will put a strain on your body, regardless of how fast the vehicles were traveling when they collided. Sore muscles are especially common, and some victims of car accidents only discover that they are sore hours or even days after the initial impact of the accident. Certain injuries, like a traumatic brain injury or serious whiplash, also do not necessarily present symptoms right away.
This is one of the reasons you need to seek medical attention after your accident, even if you don’t think your injuries are serious. A medical professional can perform a thorough physical examination of you that may detect injury you had not noticed. A medical professional can tell you what you may physically experience after the accident and what possible symptoms you should be on the lookout for. If your injuries start to worsen in the days or weeks after the accident, they will most likely advise you to seek additional medical treatment.
Common Injuries in a Car Accident
Car accidents can cause extremely serious injuries, many of which can leave victims with long-term medical conditions or disabilities that can severely impair their quality of life. The type and severity of an injury sustained in a car accident depends on many factors such as the nature of the collision, the make and model of the vehicles involved, the speed at which vehicles were traveling and the health of the occupants of the vehicle, among other things.
However, some injuries are more commonly sustained than others, including:
- Spinal injuries
- Broken wrists
- Compound fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Stress fractures
- Back injuries
- Sprains and strains
Even minor accidents can result in severe injuries, and victims of “fender benders” can often sustain injuries that may seem out of proportion to the seriousness of the crash in which they were involved.
After a car accident, the injured parties often find themselves faced with the challenge of juggling their medical treatment, attempting to rest and recover, while at the same time navigating the insurance claims or legal process. This can be overwhelming for anyone, but the experience is especially difficult for those who are recovering from an accident-related injury. For this reason, it is essential to work with a skilled car accident attorney who understands what you are going through and is dedicated to helping you gain maximum compensation for your damages.
The Benefits of Working With a Car Accident Lawyer
There are many benefits to working with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer if you have been injured in a collision caused by another party. After all, dealing with the convoluted and confusing claims process while various related parties are attempting to contact you can be overwhelming for anyone who is not familiar with the legal ins and outs of obtaining fair compensation. Furthermore, insurance companies have an incentive to pay out as little as possible, and a lawyer can ensure that you get full and fair compensation, not just what the insurance company tells you they are willing to pay.
One of the most significant benefits of working with a personal injury attorney in the event of an accident is feeling confident that the attorney will manage the legal process so that you can focus on resting and recovering from your injuries.
Your attorney will assist you by:
- Providing expert legal advice so you have the peace of mind that you are following the right steps to maximize the value of your claim. Your attorney will be the ideal guide as you begin the road to physical and financial recovery.
- Speaking with the insurance companies so that you don’t have to. The other driver’s insurance company will often attempt to contact you to record a statement regarding the accident. This is part of an insurance adjuster’s role in the claims process—but know that providing a statement can result in reduced compensation for your claim. In some cases, your statement might grant an insurance adjuster an opportunity to dismiss your claim altogether. The insurance companies have a team of attorneys on their side, and you should too. A skilled car accident attorney knows how to communicate with insurance companies in a way that protects your chance to recover the compensation you deserve.
- Taking your case to court if your claim can only be fairly resolved with litigation. Your experienced car accident attorney will help you through this phase of the process if it becomes necessary. At our firm, the attorneys understand how to navigate the court system and have had great success achieving maximum compensation for our clients who have been involved in car accidents.
A car accident can leave you frustrated, stressed, and confused. If you were injured in a car accident and have reason to believe another party was at fault for the collision, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Your attorney can help you navigate the legal process following the car accident and will take care of the details so that you can rest and focus on recovering from your injuries.
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