It isn’t uncommon for motor vehicle injuries to take hours, days or weeks after a crash to make themselves known. However, it may be possible to obtain compensation to treat nerve damage, a concussion or internal issues that aren’t apparent in the immediate aftermath of a Georgia car wreck.
Your body goes into shock after a collision occurs
Your body will release a steady flow of adrenaline after an accident, and this adrenaline may mask the presence of a sore neck, strained back muscles or other types of pain. Ideally, you won’t tell the other driver, the officer who responds to the scene or anyone else that you feel fine after a crash occurs. Doing so may undermine your ability to obtain a favorable settlement from any parties who may be liable for causing the accident to occur.
There is no rush to sign settlement documents
It is generally in your best interest to refrain from entering into settlement talks for several weeks after a crash takes place, as you can always file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations has expired. An attorney may be able to ensure that you obtain a favorable outcome in your case whether you settle the matter outside of court or take the matter to trial.
A settlement might include compensation for future needs
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, it may be possible to include the cost of future medical care in a settlement. Your attorney will likely use medical records obtained from your physician to determine how much to ask for.