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Delayed Injury and Car Accidents

By: The Igwe Firm
February 13, 2019

Philadelphia car accident lawyers at The Igwe Firm represent car accident victims with delayed injuriesBeing involved in a car accident can be a terrifying experience. Immediately after an accident, you may be relieved to find that you have sustained little to no injuries at all.

However, after a few days have gone by, you may start to experience headaches, back pain, or even emotional trauma. These newly developed injuries are called delayed injuries. If you find yourself suffering from delayed injuries, you may wonder whether it is possible to receive compensation.

Types of Delayed Injuries After a Car Accident

Delayed injuries after a car accident can have less serious causes; but sometimes they can be caused by a more serious problem.

Some of the delayed injuries you want to look out for after you have been in an accident include:

  • Headaches: There are many causes of headaches, but when you are the recent victim of a car accident, you want to pay close attention to the severity of the pain. Headaches may be a sign of whiplash or a concussion. They may also be a sign of something even more sinister, like a blood clot or a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain: Neck and shoulder pain may be a symptom of whiplash, or a spinal injury.
  • Back Pain: Back pain a few hours or days after your accident may be a sign of whiplash, a herniated disc, or a ligament injury.
  • Abdominal Pain: Abdominal pain may be a sign of internal bleeding.
  • Emotional Trauma: Being involved in a car accident can leave you with anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This kind of trauma can have long-term effects.

Release of Liability Form

A Release of Liability form (ROL), protects an individual from legal or financial responsibility if someone is injured, once a car accident claim is settled. If the victim in a car accident signs an ROL form, it lessens the other party’s responsibility for any injuries sustained.

If you were involved in a car accident, be sure to seek medical attention for any immediate injuries. You also want to keep a lookout for symptoms that may develop a few days after the accident before signing an ROL form.

Although ROL forms do not necessarily prevent a person from being sued, signing one of these forms may result in you losing compensation for injuries you have received. This is especially true if you have injuries that do not develop immediately.

Before signing anything after your accident, you should get the assistance of a Philadelphia accident lawyer to help you through the process.

I Have Delayed Injuries After My Car Accident. What should I do?

If you suffer from delayed injuries after your car accident, it is not too late to receive compensation for your injuries. As long as you did not sign an ROL form, and have gotten an in-depth evaluation for your injuries, the odds of winning a case remain in your favor.

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at The Igwe Firm Represent Car Accident Victims With Delayed Injuries

If you or someone you know currently suffers from delayed injuries due to a car accident, you are entitled to compensation. Our experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyers at The Igwe Firm are here to help you get the compensation and peace of mind you deserve. For a free consultation contact us online or by phone at 215-278-9898. Our office is located in Philadelphia and we proudly represent clients throughout Pennsylvania including those in Lehigh County.

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