Sometimes it hits you when you least expect it.
You don’t always feel it right after the impact of a car crash or work accident. And other times, the impact is hard enough that you feel it instantly.
We’re talking about back pain, of course. Whether you’re experiencing it right after the accident or a day or two later, waiving it off as not a big deal is NOT the way to handle it.
The reality is that, according to Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, thousands of individuals are injured in auto accidents each year. Many others are injured on the job. Unfortunately, many of these situations aren’t handled correctly by the people involved.
Continue reading for information on handling accident injuries the right way.
Get Checked By a Doctor
Just because you feel okay after an accident doesn’t mean that you are. Your pain could start hours to a few days after an accident. Delayed onset back pain after an auto accident is common and could be a symptom of a spinal injury, herniated disc or a soft tissue injury.
Getting medical attention immediately after an accident protects you in case that pain does ramp up due to your injury being more severe than you thought. And if you wait to seek medical attention days after the incident, insurance companies can argue that your symptoms are caused by activities that occurred after the accident.
Record As Many Details As You Can
It’s of utmost importance that you can record as many details as is possible. Recording includes writing down information, taking pictures, and video recording the scene. Depending on the severity of the accident, doing this may not be possible and you’ll have to rely on information from witnesses.
In addition to recording your own information, filing a police report is also important and is required by some insurance policies.
Hire a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you’re injured in an accident while on the job, it takes an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorney to go up against an insurance company to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Whether you want to believe it or not, insurance companies aren’t sitting around waiting to pay out money. They want to keep as much money as they can so that they make more money. You need lawyers on your side who know the ropes and are ready to fight for you.
Read our full article for more information on taking the right actions if you or a loved one suffer a back or neck injury in an accident.