When many people think about injuries from a car accident, broken bones and bruises come to mind.
If you are one of the fortunate who walk away from a car accident with none of these, you may consider yourself lucky. However, that may not be the case and it is better to be safe than sorry.
It does not matter if you were involved in a low-speed collision or if you walked away with little damage to your car.
Even what you would consider “small accidents” can cause permanent soft tissue injuries. Do not assume just because you are walking away, you are fine.
Leave that determination up to medical professionals. You might not feel like you are “injured,” but do not take any chances.
Soft tissue injuries, also known as whiplash, are common in rear-impact car accidents.
Imagine a whip being snapped. The rope curls at the end and quickly snaps back. In a rear-impact car accident, your neck does the same thing. Ouch, right?
Many people downplay the seriousness of whiplash. The symptoms experienced can last throughout one’s lifetime, and they are debilitating and can be chronic.
The problem is they do not always manifest themselves quickly after an accident.
These symptoms can include arm pain and weakness, back pain, headache, fatigue, dizziness, jaw pain, ringing in the ears, shoulder pain and stiffness, neck pain and stiffness and hallucinations.
The clock starts ticking after your accident.
Most people do not realize it, but you do not have forever to proceed with a legal action for any injuries sustained in an accident.
Every state has a statute of limitations when it comes to personal injury claims. Most are two years, and that includes the State of Arizona.
Not going to the hospital after being in a car accident also has legal implications.
The longer you wait, the more it is likely the insurance company will cast doubt on the extent of your injuries.
It might not seem fair, but if there is any way they can shed doubt on your injuries being a result of the accident, you can trust that the insurance companies will take advantage of this opportunity.
In fact, many insurance companies consider this when determining compensation for your claim. The moral of the story is when in doubt, go to the hospital.
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