One thing many individuals involved in car accidents don’t know to avoid is signing a release of liability with the insurance company of the at-fault party. By signing the release, you are essentially agreeing not to pursue further compensation, typically in the form of a lawsuit, from the at-fault party and his or her insurance company. The problem with signing such a form is you may not know when symptoms will arise following your accident.
Immediately Following Your Accident
If you have back pain immediately following your accident, don’t delay. Back injuries account for many serious health problems, so it’s essential you see a physician as soon as possible. If it’s bad enough, don’t decline a ride to the hospital in an ambulance. Your well-being is important, so put it at the top of your priority list.
Even if you do see a physician for your back injuries right after your accident, you should speak with your attorney before accepting an offer from either insurance company. You don’t know what types of injuries will manifest later.
Delayed Manifestation of Injuries
Perhaps you feel fine after your car accident, even declining medical assistance. It happens, but in many cases the symptoms of back pain begin to show up days or weeks later. This delayed manifestation of injuries can cause problems if you have already signed a release of liability. In such a case, you would be left paying for your injuries on your own.
Instead of signing the release, give it some time to see if any injuries begin to manifest themselves. Your lawyer can walk you through the process. You have a statute of limitations with which to file a lawsuit, so be sure you know what it is. This can give you time to see if pain shows up or if you feel you’re in the clear.
Receiving Medical Help
If your back does start to present pain and other issues, it’s important you receive medical attention right away. If it’s subtle pain, you can schedule an appointment with your regular doctor. If the pain is intense and debilitating, it’s ok to head to the nearest emergency room.
Your initial examination can determine the cause of the pain and what the course of action should be. With that knowledge in hand, you can better determine whether you want to sue the at-fault party.
Contacting Your Attorney Today
Whether you were involved in a car accident yesterday or last year, you deserve compensation for any injuries or damages. If you have back pain, be sure to receive medical attention immediately. Contact a car accident attorney today for help in determining whether you should sue or wait it out.