Many fender bender accidents are more frustrating and stressful than they are tragic. The worst part of many fender benders is dealing with insurance companies and getting your vehicles repaired. This is where an accident is an inconvenience. The first thing drivers should think after a fender bender is that they are lucky to be alive. A motor vehicle accident can be deadly and if you walk away from an accident, you are one of the lucky ones. What many people do not realize is that fender benders can cause injuries that are not necessarily discoverable right after the accident occurs.
Latent (Delayed) Injuries Following a Fender Bender
When a fender bender occurs, your head and neck move very quickly, and this often causes you to suffer whiplash. This type of injury may not cause immediate pain, so you may not think you were injured in the fender bender accident. Also, you may strain your back and not realize it right away. Back injuries are notorious for manifesting themselves anywhere from a few hours to a few months after the fender bender. If you are involved in a fender bender, you should always have a physician evaluate you right away, whether at the emergency room or an office visit with your physician within the next few days following the accident. An initial evaluation may be able to detect whether you have suffered an injury.
If you feel even the slightest twinge or pain after an accident, you could very well have suffered an injury. Be sure to document all of your efforts to seek care for any seemingly minor injury. Whiplash can cause severe pain later on in life, and could also mean you have herniated or ruptured a disc in your neck. Further, back injuries can have lasting effects that could lead to more severe injuries in the future.
What to Do Following a Fender Bender Accident
After you have been hit, or have hit another vehicle in a fender bender accident, you should never say outright to the other driver that you have not been injured. You may feel completely fine. However, the best thing to say, that is entirely truthful, is that you need to seek medical attention to determine whether or not you have been injured. If you tell the other driver involved that you were not injured, this statement may be used as a defense if you end up filing a personal injury lawsuit down the line. Latent injuries can be just as severe as injuries you feel immediately, and latent injuries may require surgery or physical therapy. Therefore, it is best to simply state that you may have been injured, but that you will not know for sure until you are evaluated by a doctor.
Contact Our Jackson, Mississippi Auto Accident Attorneys Today for Your Free Consultation
If you have been involved in an automobile accident, no matter how small or large, and you have suffered injuries as a result of that accident, you should speak with a personal injury and auto accident attorney as soon as possible. You need an attorney who has experience linking your latent injury to the automobile accident you were involved in. The law firm of Porter & Malouf, P.A. was ranked the 14th winningest law firm in the United States by the National Law Journal in 2002, and received a rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell. Our highly skilled trial attorneys have helped thousands of injured people like you receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. You may contact us online or you may call us at 601-957-1173.