Not all injuries in a Texas car crash are immediately apparent, and this can complicate matters for victims who intend to file a personal injury claim. However, there is no real problem as long as victims do not sign a release of liability form with the other driver’s auto insurance provider. They can seek compensation for all their injuries, even the delayed ones, after they reach maximum medical improvement and undergo a thorough medical evaluation.
Brain injuries, neck injuries, blood clots and whiplash can take a while to appear, but certain symptoms will alert victims to their presence. For example, all of the conditions just mentioned can cause headaches. Whiplash can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Sometimes the pain may be in the lower back, though this may indicate a herniated disc. A herniated disc can pinch and press up against the nerves, the result being pain, numbness and a tingling sensation.
Then there is the abdominal pain that victims might suffer that could signify internal bleeding. Together with this pain, they might experience headaches and dizziness. In addition, the emotional impact of a crash can be delayed. Victims may later suffer from depression or even post-traumatic stress disorder. They may experience personality changes, too, though this could be due to head trauma.
Those injured in car accidents may want a lawyer to assist them with their case. It’s especially important to be able to negotiate with the auto insurance companies without being forced into a low-ball settlement. The lawyer may handle all negotiations, bringing together the findings of medical experts, crash investigators and other third parties in the effort to ensure a fair settlement. If one cannot be achieved out of court, then the lawyer may recommend litigation.