As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I know that while many of the auto accidents which occur throughout the DFW area often involve critical and even fatal injuries, many times the bodily injuries suffered are not immediately obvious. Just because there are no broken bones or spilled blood, it does not mean that there are no serious injuries. It is vitally important that if you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle crash that you visit a doctor who can properly and thoroughly assess you in order to ensure that no hidden damage has occurred.
Many times, if the injuries suffered by a traffic crash victim are not obvious, the accident victim may be blind to them. Immediately after being in a multi-vehicle collision, it is perfectly normal for the body’s automatic “fight or flight” response to kick in. This heightened adrenaline, coupled with the emotional and psychological shock you have just experienced may mask some serious symptoms which might not be clear until up to a few days afterwards.
For this reason, it is critical that you do not give any statement to the other driver(s), the responding police officer, or to any insurance company representatives that you are either “fine” or “unhurt.” Making such comments, however innocently, might severely impact your ability to claim fair compensation later on if indeed you have suffered a serious bodily injury. It is always best not to say anything until you have had some time to overcome the shock you’ve experienced and consult with a qualified physician.
Symptoms You Need to Beware OfUsually, people start to experience symptoms of an injury a few days after their wreck. It is important that you do not attempt to self-treat yourself as the symptoms could actually indicate a very serious injury. Seeking professional medical advice is essential. If you are putting off going to the doctor because you don’t have adequate insurance, then you should know that many times a board certified personal injury attorney can help you secure a letter of protection that assured your doctor they will receive full payment once your claim for compensation has been successfully resolved.
Symptoms that you need to be particularly aware of if you’ve been involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident include pain, twinges, soreness and stiffness which are often indicators that serious soft tissue damage has occurred. You should also be vigilant if you start to experience headaches, dizziness or blurry vision, as these are common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The golden rule is always: get to a doctor as soon as you start experiencing something out of the ordinary.
Understanding Your Legal RightsIf you or someone you love has been injured in an accident which was not your fault, it is also important that you are informed of your legal rights as you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your case with an experienced Texas personal injury and wrongful death attorney today, please call us toll free at 800-354-6275, or locally in Dallas at 214-327-8000 or in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900.
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