Noticing Injuries After a Car Accident
Any sudden trauma, such as a car accident, will trigger adrenaline and endorphins to surge. These chemicals are the body’s self defense mechanism which allows you to keep moving, possibly to escape danger. Adrenaline also stimulates the body and blocks pain.
Once those chemicals wear off, the pain starts and the injuries become more apparent. It is not uncommon for someone to be involved in a car accident without noticing any immediate injury, only to discover much later that they have suffered injuries directly related to the accident.
Do NOT Sign a Settlement Right After a Car Accident
There are several good reasons not to sign a hastily offered insurance settlement immediately after a car accident. First, you must realize that an insurance adjuster works for the insurance company, not for you. He/She may urge you to sign a release of claims, meaning you are not injured and the insurance company is not responsible for any injuries that may appear later.
Lump Sum Settlement Offers
Don’t be too surprised if the adjuster even offers you a lump sum settlement as a more enticing offer to sign. Remember who the adjuster works for and realize that any immediate offers are ones that the insurance company is comfortable offering you – not necessarily what you deserve for your injuries and treatment. After all, the insurance company makes it’s money by collecting premiums, not by paying out settlement offers.
Get Medical Treatment After Car Accidents
See a physician after any car accident to get a complete evaluation of your condition. Even if you feel you are not injured, allow time for the injuries to manifest themselves fully and see a doctor just in case. Once you sign a release, you may have no recourse to compensation for your treatment. Many, if not all, releases are worded to waive your legal right to compensation.
PA Car Accident Injury Lawyer In Your Area
Handler Henning and Rosenberg has been helping the injured people of Pennsylvania since 1922 get the compensation they deserve for the negligence of others. With Pennsylvania Law Offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Hanover, and Carlisle, we have an office near you to help you get the legal advice you need after a car accident.
Free Legal Advice For Car Accident Victims
We offer a free case evaluation with a PA car accident attorney at our firm to get started right away. There are time limits to file injury claims and evidence fades with time so don’t delay – use one of the helpful links below to contact us today.