Not all injuries are immediately discernible. A gradual onset of injuries is a common occurrence among accident victims.Sometimes when a person is involved in an accident, they may not experience any pain or discomfort at first, so they tell police and witnesses that they are not hurt. But then days or weeks following the accident, injures can begin to surface, and they start to worry that they have forfeited their right to an injury claim because of the statements they made at the scene of the accident. This is common after car accidents and slip and fall accidents.
If this sounds like your current situation, continue reading to learn what your options are for filing a personal injury claim.
Scene of the Accident Reports
The challenge with gradual onset of injuries are the statements victims make at the scene of the accident. Anything they say is recorded in the police report and witnessed by others. These statements can be used against them by their own or the opposing insurance company to reduce or refuse compensation. For this reason, if you are ever involved in an accident, always tell the reporting police officer that you are not sure if you are hurt and that you would like to have a doctor examine you. This way, if you discover underlying injuries later on, you can still have a chance at recovering compensation to cover your economic losses and damages. Always get professional medical attention after an accident, whether you believe you are injured or not.
If you were involved in an accident and said that you were not injured, but later discovered that you were, you have not lost your rights to file an injury claim, nor have you jeopardized your chances at recovering fair compensation for your losses. Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer for help navigating your accident claim. They have the knowledge, experience, and resources to get you the full and fair compensation you deserve. It is not your fault that your injuries were not evident from the start!