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My Car's OK After the Accident, but I'm Not

Posted on: February 8, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

Car Accident

It is very common for people who have been injured in a car accident to forego pursuing a claim for compensation when there is no damage to the car. This is a decision which is based on the fear that the claim will result in a lot of wasted time and effort. However, just because the car has escaped unscathed, doesn’t mean that you have escaped personal injury.

Cars travel at considerable speed. A sudden stop can result in whiplash injuries, or much worse. When a car stops on impact or due to sudden braking, the driver and passengers continue their forward momentum. That force alone can cause injury, without even considering injuries from an airbag deployment or impact with other objects inside the car.

Seeking Medical Attention

If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to pursue a successful personal injury claim, however, you will need supportive evidence. Therefore, it is essential that you seek medical attention soon after the accident, if you didn’t at the scene.

Some injuries; resulting from airbags, seatbelts, sudden impact etc., can take time to become symptomatic. As such, you may not even know you have been injured in the immediate aftermath of the crash. If your injury is internal, for example, you will need to be examined at the hospital.

Economic and Non-Economic Damages

When pursuing a claim in the event of an injury, there are different types of damages for which you can receive reward. Economic damages include the cost of medical bills, medications, treatments etc. However, you can also claim for non-economic damages.

Consider a scenario where you have been in a crash but you are not physically injured in any way. In this scenario, you may have still suffered in other ways. A crash can have long lasting effects on a person, emotionally. Conditions such as PTSD are a common result of trauma suffered as the result of a car crash. You can also seek compensation for loss of consortium, emotional distress, or even the impact a crash has had on personal relationships.

With that in mind, it is important to think about all the ways in which the crash has affected you. When all is said and done, you will still have to pay for your medical bills and other treatments, whether you sue or not. So, it makes sense to ensure you receive compensation to cover you for your losses.

Personal Injury lawsuits

Here at Edwards-Patterson, we have fought and won in many cases, just like yours. The laws which exist in Oklahoma are there to protect your rights, and to make sure you receive compensation for any injury that wasn’t your fault.

We can help you gather all the evidence that you need to win your case. You won’t have to negotiate with insurers, either. Just leave everything to us and we will get you the compensation that you rightfully deserve. This is what we do every day, so that people like you are not left out of pocket due to an injury suffered in a crash.

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