If you’ve been in a car accident, your pain may onset hours or days later. Learn how to defend yourself against the insurance company’s claim that your injuries aren’t related to your crash.

When a car accident occurs, you may very well experience symptoms of shock. A racing heart, unclear or confused thoughts, or a state of feeling frozen or dazed are all common. While there may be some injuries that you immediately recognize–such as a bone fracture–there may be others that are initially ignored. In fact, you may even tell the responding emergency medical providers that you’re fine, and you may refuse medical care. 

But this doesn’t mean you’re not injured. Not only are many injuries more difficult to realize in times of shock due to surging emotions and levels of adrenaline, but some injuries don’t have noticeable symptoms immediately, anyway. If you are experiencing delayed pain after a car accident, you still have a right to damages. Here’s what you should know–

Types of Injuries that Are Delayed After a Crash

Many injuries are immediately apparent after a crash. For example, it will be hard to not notice a gash on your head that is bleeding profusely, or a bone fracture that is extremely painful. Depending on your mental and emotional state at the time of the crash, though, as well as the type of injury, injury types that you may not recognize at first include:

  • Muscle sprains and strains, including whiplash;
  • Concussions and other types of traumatic brain injuries;
  • Internal injuries, including internal bleeding;
  • Headaches, which could be related to emotional stress or a physical injury; and 
  • Emotional pain and suffering and psychological harm, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Will I Still Be Compensated for Pain and Injuries that Onset After a Crash?

One of the best ways to protect your right to your maximum recovery amount after a crash is to seek medical care immediately following an accident – this creates a clear link between the crash and your injuries that will be hard for the insurer to dispute. If you didn’t seek care immediately, though, you can still recover compensation. However, you’ll need to prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for the crash. Medical records and a statement from your doctor can help to substantiate this.

The insurance adjuster who’s responsible for processing your claim may try to deny your claim or lowball your damages, suggesting that your pain cannot be related to the car crash since it’s so delayed. Don’t be tricked into accepting a settlement that you don’t think is fair; instead, call a lawyer who can advise you of your rights and help you to renegotiate the offer.

Reach Out to Our Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer Today

At the law office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., we recommend seeking medical care immediately after a crash, or at the first sign of pain if you haven’t already done so. If the insurance company has denied or lowballed your claim, or if you need help navigating the claims process, reach out to our legal team today. We will aggressively advocate for you.

Schedule your free consultation by sending our experienced car accident lawyers a message or calling (617) 973-9950 today.