If you have suffered an injury in an auto accident and are seeking to file a personal injury claim in the State of California, it is likely that the severity of the injury will affect the value of the claim. When a person suffers an injury, there are two major factors that should be considered with respect to the injury:
- The injury will be apparent immediately after the incident or will otherwise take a few days/weeks to be noticeable; and/or
- The injury is a short-term injury that will heal quickly or will be a long-term injury that can be permanent or take many years to heal.
When an auto accident happens, without regard to the severity of the collision, any person involved in the accident can fail to recognize the gravity of the injuries he or she may have sustained. Failing to recognize the symptoms of an injury in the aftermath of an accident can happen as a result of several of reasons. Some of these will be explained in this article, however the key aspect is in recognizing that acting swiftly following an auto accident is imperative in protecting the victim’s rights.
If you have suffered injuries because of a negligent driver or other careless party, consider seeking the legal expertise of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can defend your rights. If your injury is not immediately apparent, a skilled attorney can help you understand what the best course of action for your specific case. Failing to act quickly can greatly undermine many aspects of your case, which include the ability to obtain evidence that the incident occurred.
Reasoning Behind the Lack of Awareness Following a Collision
As previously mentioned, there could be several reasons why a victim can fail to recognize that he or she has sustained an injury after the accident. The most apparent reason is the state of emotion the victim is immediately after the accident.
Many auto accident victims can experience a sudden adrenaline rush that can impair their ability to feel pain. According to an article published in the Hormone Health Network, the release of adrenaline will trigger a person’s fight or flight response, which causes a physical reaction in a person’s body that helps them determine if they need to fight a dangerous situation or flee/cover.
Under the same article, it is also stated that the physical reactions associated with adrenaline can decrease a person’s ability to feel pain. In many cases, adrenaline can cause an increase in performance or strength, along with a heightened sense of awareness in traumatic situations.
Regrettably, many accident victims will assume that they either did not sustain an injury after an accident or state to the negligent driver that they are “okay”. Both of these scenarios can have severe repercussions for those who seek to file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.
Since adrenaline’s effects have the potential to last for up to an hour after the accident, falsely making a statement that there were no injuries could be detrimental. Further, assuming that an injury did not take place can lead to a person’s inaction in seeking medical care. This is also damaging to a personal injury case as taking long to seek medical assistance could be seen as making an injury worse.
How a Long Term Injury Can Affect Your Claim
Not having the ability to immediately recognize an injury is not the only issue face by victims of an auto collision. Injured victims also face the potential of having an injury that has lifelong consequences.
Long-term injuries are commonly referred to as residual injuries. These types of injuries are known to have permanent effects on a victim, which could be visible by the following:
- Back stiffness,
- Joint stiffness,
- Emotional trauma, and/or
- Other permanent physical incapacitations
The Effect in Value on a Personal Injury Claim
When a person has suffered a residual injury, it is likely that his or her damages award will increase significantly. This is because the more serious an injury can be, the more likely it will take an effect on the person’s quality of life. When a victim has suffered a permanent or long lasting grievance, he or she can experience a change in his or her ability to work, home life, or other recreation.
Furthermore, long-term injuries can also be more costly. In many situations, a long lasting injury can present a lifetime of medical treatment and medications.
If you have sustained a long-term grievance resulting from an auto accident, your claim should indicate that you have sustained a residual injury, which will likely signify a higher financial compensation.
Seek Medical Attention and Obtain the Support of a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney
In the aftermath of an auto accident, a person will not always be immediately aware that he or she has sustained a residual injury. If you have been involved in an auto accident, it is vital to seek medical care straight away. While seeking medical attention will not always immediately identify a long-term injury, it will establish a medical record, which is an invaluable part of a successful personal injury claim.
When it comes to a personal injury claim, it is important to know that the State of California imposes strict deadlines in order to file a claim. For an injured person who is unaware that he or she has a residual injury, this can be detrimental to obtaining the sufficient amount of compensation to cover necessary medical expenses. It is therefore highly important to seek the legal expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney can help to ensure that the victim receives the compensation he or she deserves.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of a negligent party, seek the support of a specialized attorney who can help you file a claim. Attorney Just H. King is proficient in the field of auto accident claims. Attorney King has dedicated his career to helping accident victims obtain the financial compensation they deserve.