If you are in a car accident, the following days can be confusing. There are claim forms to fill out and insurance companies to talk to. It is good to do these things while the accident is fresh in your mind. However, do not settle your claim too soon until you are sure that you have fully recovered from any injuries. Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injuries, meaning you have two years to claim.
Some effects of a crash may not be evident for weeks, months or even years. Here are some examples:
- Traumatic brain injuries: The violence of a crash can mean your soft brain tissue is thrown against the hard skull surface, which contains it. Swelling or bleeding is not always obvious, and the build-up of pressure can cause severe harm.
- Spinal column injuries: The damage caused by your head being whipped forward or by other impacts could damage or trap nerves. Alternatively, a disc could slip or become ruptured.
- Aches and pains: You may find you suffer backache after your collision, it could be mild, or it could be chronic and prevent you from doing certain things.
- Internal bleeding: This can be fatal if not discovered soon enough. Bruising or swelling could act as signs you have internal bleeding.
- Psychological damage: It is impossible to predict the emotional cost a car accident will have. You may be fine, or you may never want to drive again. You could even find your personality changes after a crash.
If you have a car crash, seek legal advice to ensure you do not forgo your rights to compensation for your injuries.