When someone is involved in a car accident, there are some expenses that are obvious immediately. For example, unless it was a very minor crash, there are likely going to need to be repairs to the vehicle or cosmetic repairs done to the body of the car. For the person at fault in the accident, there is sometimes a traffic citation given by the police that must be paid. If any emergency or apparent medical treatment that is required, most likely it is made known at the scene of the accident.
There are however also hidden costs to car accidents that might not be obvious right away. The most common is medical treatment for an injury that is not immediately present. This may seem like a strange occurrence, but it happens more often than one might think. Many kinds of injuries, particularly those to the neck and back, manifest themselves later than the initial impact or accident. Whiplash is a common affliction that behaves in this way, as the neck pain only happens days after the initial accident.
These kinds of injuries might not be something the person in the accident would think to treat in the moment, however, once the symptoms start setting in, they become much more urgent. Physical therapy or prescription painkillers are often granted in these scenarios and these costs can add up quickly, particularly if the insurance company doesn’t believe that the injury was caused during an accident. When in doubt, you should always consult medical treatment if the car accident was severe and document any doctor visits or medication costs.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, you have the right to seek compensation for those injuries, even if they manifest after the initial incident. To help you win your personal injury case, we at the Franco Law Firm would be happy to stand by and guide you through your case and see justice won for you. To schedule a free consultation with us today, please call (813) 872-0929.