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This can sound like something from a feature film: The victim on an accident walks away seemingly fine, and then days later suddenly falls to the ground writhing in pain.
Perhaps this seems a little dramatic, but the truth is that sometimes the effects of an injury suffered in an accident aren’t felt until a day or even a week later. These can be dangerous, and this is why as a responsible Bronx personal injury law firm, Feiner & Lavy always recommends to our clients or prospective clients that they seek medical attention in the aftermath of a slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall or automobile accident.
Our bodies have a capacity to mask injuries so we can continue functioning. Your body can protect itself in the excitement following an accident, and your muscles and nerves don’t necessarily register that you are hurt. But you wait three days and suddenly you feel incredibly sore, can barely move, have trouble breathing or can’t lift your neck. Comedians sometimes make fun of whiplash, but a neck injury is one of those things that may take time to fully express itself. Symptoms to watch out for include headaches, memory loss, body aches, stiffness, muscle spasms, shooting pain, numbness or pins and needles. Soft tissue injuries can be very tricky, and they can take a long time to heal – if ever and could require a lot of physical therapy and other care.
At this point, you may have walked away from something and told the person who caused the accident that you are fine. They leave and you have no idea who they are. You didn’t take the next steps you should have taken, like filing a police report or being checked out by a physician, and it becomes much more difficult for you to initiate a case at this point.
A delayed-onset injury can also be misdiagnosed by a doctor. If you go to an emergency room or urgent care facility, the attending physician could miss something because you don’t have an apparent injury like a broken bone.
Be careful to follow good procedures if you are injured in an accident. Take pictures, file a police report, get checked out and call a top Bronx personal injury law firm like Feiner & Lavy to protect your rights. If months of care are required, it can be extremely expensive, and it is important for you to make sure that the person who negligently caused your injury is shouldering the burden of your medical costs, lost wages and diminishment in your quality of life.
You owe it to yourself to get the maximum settlement for any injury you suffered due to the negligence of another. Don’t waste another minute: call or contact Feiner & Lavy today for a free case consultation.