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Auto accident injuries: What happens when they appear late?

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2021 | Car Accidents

Not all auto accidents will be so severe that they lead to fatalities, lacerations or even the airbags deploying. However, that does not mean that drivers won’t be injured in some form. The issue here involves when those injuries appear. According to drivers in Pennsylvania, an accident can lead to a sudden surge of adrenaline. This adrenaline will often be enough to mask any injuries, leading someone to tell the other driver or paramedics that they are fine. What can you do if your injuries appear after the accident?

Forms of injuries that tend to appear later on

Even after drivers begin to feel the effect of an auto accident, they are likely to blame it on typical day-to-day issues. Headaches and backaches will often be attributed to a long day at work. However, these aches may be signs of an injury beginning to make itself known. The following includes a list of symptoms of an injury to watch out for:

  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Numbness
  • Sudden PTSD
  • Release of liability form

One of the most important things for drivers who were not at fault for the accident is receiving compensation. If they have not felt the pains of their latent injuries, they may simply ask for compensation in relation to their vehicle. Once an agreement has been reached, a release of liability form is signed. This essentially ends the lawsuit, and no more claims can be brought up. The issue is that signing the release form too early can leave you with a hefty medical bill with no one to seek compensation from when your injuries manifest.

It can understandably be difficult to detect some injuries immediately after an auto accident. That is why it is so important to consult with an attorney right after an accident. They may be able to guide you through what you should do before reaching an agreement.