Accidents that cause personal injury can cause a variety of injuries. It is well known that some injuries manifest immediately. For instance, in a car accident, depending on the severity of the incident, a person can have whiplash and broken bones. Secondary injuries can develop as a reaction to the primary injuries in an accident.
One client I had was involved in a car accident. He sustained injuries to his knee. He also began to develop back problems. His doctor told him that it is common for knee injuries to also cause issues with the back.
The manifestation of these secondary injuries is the reason why it is so important to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident. An attorney will let you know to watch out for these types of injuries and to seek treatment even when you feel like you are getting better. You will also get advice to let your doctor know that you have been in an accident. Doctors understand that injuries can come as a result of other injuries. As long as these injuries resulted from the accident, they can be included in the damages and the medical bills can be a part of the settlement or suit. Doctors will be able to document and testify how the injuries are related. It is important to keep your attorney updated on all injuries that originate or derive from the accident. Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency, so in most cases, the consultation will be free.
This is also why it is important not to settle too quickly with insurance companies. It can take weeks or even months for secondary injuries to show up and if an injured person has already settled, they are out of luck to seek further compensation for their injuries. Ensure you never speak to any insurance representative on your own. Let them know that you plan to seek an attorney and that you will let them know when one is retained.
Secondary injuries as part of a suit for damages can also be a basis for economic and non-economic damages. If these injuries prevent a person from working or have prevented them from taking on work, then these damages can be included in a lawsuit. Additional damages, like pain and suffering can also be a part of a suit.
This article is for general informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Do not rely on the above information as all cases are different and different laws apply to different cases. Consult an attorney in your area for further guidance. If you were injured in an accident please call one of our attorneys at David K. Kremin & Associates, and we will give you a free consultation. We never charge unless we collect for you. Please call 1(800) ASK-A-LAWYER or 1(800)275-2529, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.1800askalawyer.com.