How One Car Accident Can Turn Into A Lifetime Of Problems And Why You Should Sue

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Car accidents are never as simple as they seem. In fact, you could walk away from an accident one day, but discover dozens of problems the next. Here is how one car accident can turn into a lifetime of problems, and why you need to sue now and not later.

Physical Injuries That Go Unnoticed After an Accident

Most people are unaware and do not realize that you hardly feel much after an accident. Yes, you register pain, but it is nowhere near what you will feel tomorrow or the next day. This is due to the fact that the body is pumping adrenaline, dopamine, and norepinephrine through your veins. It is a known fact that adrenaline causes you to feel less pain when something terrifying has just occurred. It is the body's way of protecting you while you seek help and/or flee the scene.

Some of those physical injuries that may go unnoticed are:

  • Soft tissue injuries, especially those to the head, neck, spine, back and hips
  • Broken bones, which often feel like bad bruises right after an accident
  • Coup and contre-coup injuries to the brain inside your skull
  • Concussions, which just feel like bad headaches for hours after the accident
  • Internal bleeding, which you would not notice until the adrenaline wears off and you go into shock

You can easily see where these injuries would either be ignored or missed, and all of them would lead to something much more severe in the days following an accident.

Psychological Injuries

Living through traumatic events or near-death experiences, like a car accident, can really cause some psychological damage too. Emotionally and mentally you may feel fine after you come down from your hormonal high, but if you start having bad dreams about the accident, there is more to this. Trauma leads to erratic behavior and fears that can overwhelm you and cause you to stop driving or riding in cars. You may even be afraid to go to sleep because of your dreams. These things can begin to paralyze your life if you do not seek help. Psycho-emotional help costs money, too.

Financial Problems

Even if you did not cause the accident, you may find that the other person has chosen to sue you. You may not be able to work, either because of the psycho-emotional problems or because of physical injuries that cause you to miss work. Bills are piling up while this other driver is trying to squeeze you to pay his/her medical bills for an accident you believe is actually his/her fault. Financial problems only snowball from there, so you need to sue.

Sue Now, Not Later

You need to sue sooner, not later. As you can see, all of the problems you could have in a car accident are never immediately obvious, and may take days, months, or years to develop. Auto accident attorneys know this because they see it happen time and again. The biggest reason why they advise clients to file a suit now is because there is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. If you allow the statute of limitations to lapse on your case, and then find out that you have long-term, irreparable damage to your physical, pscyho-emotional, or financial health, you will get no satisfaction. 

You also need to take the preemptive strike against the other driver. Quite often, the first one to make his or her case in court in these situations is the one who ends up with compensation unless the defendant can effectively prove otherwise. You will not be able to prove otherwise without a lawyer's help.

If you have questions about compensation for your auto accident, contact attorneys like Carl L. Britt, Jr.


4 December 2017