Car wrecks can be traumatic experiences, especially if you suffer a physical injury as a result. Sometimes it can take a while for someone to realize they were injured in an accident, leaving them wondering what their options are and how to proceed.

As a Salt Lake City delayed injury lawyer, we would strongly encourage you to call us right away so we can discuss the details of your accident and what your options may be.

Your Injuries Could Take Time to Manifest

After an accident, it is common for people to think they are fine, only to then manifest injury symptoms days or even weeks afterward.

This is because in the immediate aftermath of a car accident, your body produces endorphins that block pain signals. This can lead you to believe you were not injured when you are actually in need of medical attention.

For this reason, you should never say “I’m fine” to the police officer on the scene, the other driver, an insurance adjuster, or anyone else. You simply can’t know for certain that an injury won’t present itself later.

Seek Medical Attention After an Accident

You cannot know you are fine until after you have been completely checked out by a medical professional. Even then, a certain amount of time will need to pass before you no longer need to worry that you actually have a delayed car accident injury.

Some injuries are more likely than others to be delayed injuries:

  • Whiplash Whiplash most commonly presents as neck pain, but it can affect any neural pathway, including the extremities and the rest of the spine.
  • Concussion – A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and can occur when the brain strikes the inside of the skull. Symptoms may take quite some time before they begin to manifest.
  • Emotional Trauma – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression that have resulted from a car accident are all medical conditions that may require long-term—and often expensive—therapy.
  • Additional Injuries – There are many other injuries that can take time to manifest, so always see a doctor immediately after a car accident.

Once you have detected your injury and have been diagnosed by a doctor, call a Salt Lake City delayed injury car accident lawyer from our office right away. It is critical that your lawsuit be filed immediately so that you avoid the statute of limitations.

Statute of Limitations

In Utah, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is four years from the date of injury. There are some exceptions to this, such as in the case of injuries to minors.

Consult a Salt Lake City delayed injury car accident lawyer to determine what the deadline for your case is. It can take time to gather evidence and build a strong case, so the sooner you schedule your consultation, the sooner we can begin working for you.

Keep Track of Your Expenses

You have the right to seek compensation for all financial losses suffered as a result of your injury, even if you were initially unaware that you were injured.

Some of the expenses you can seek compensation for include the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Vehicle repair bills
  • Modifications made to your home or vehicle to accommodate your injury
  • Lost wages due to time off work

Contact an Attorney

To discuss your case and your options in further detail, schedule a free consultation with a Salt Lake City delayed injury lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates.

Contact us by calling 1-800-404-9000 or reach us online through the form below.