The human body reacts to car accidents differently. Even if some victims may claim to feel fine, the adrenaline rush may only be redirecting their body’s attention to the high-stress situation they are trying to endure instead of focusing on the actual pain and discomfort.
While Maryland law advises victims to urgently seek medical assistance after a crash, the severity of injuries can extend beyond the instant physical damage, such as minor cuts, lacerations and bruises. Symptoms of severe or life-threatening injuries may not become evident until after several days, weeks or even months after the collision.
Watch out for the delayed onset of symptoms
When victims neglect the following symptoms, these can result in underlying conditions, such as whiplash, soft tissue or traumatic brain injuries.
- Internal bleeding
- Sprains, strains and fractures
- Neck, back, shoulder and abdominal pain
Delayed symptoms do not always have to be physical. Sometimes, drastic mood shifts or violent emotional reactions, intrusive thoughts and nightmares indicate the accident’s psychological impact, which can result in post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems.
A thorough medical evaluation can lead to fair compensation
Insurance companies often want to settle early to avoid future payouts. However, victims must not accept or sign anything until their doctor can confirm the extent of their injuries and losses. Their legal team can help fight back and come up with the claim’s real worth. They can gather proof and deal with the insurer for full and fair compensation.