Some injuries are painful right
away. Others can take weeks to be
noticed. Research conducted at the
Spine Research Institute of San
Diego suggests that as many as 45%
of people with chronic neck pain
attribute that pain to past
motor vehicle trauma.
Crashes are notorious
for injuries that
take some time to
show up. Taking the
time to get examined
by a doctor who is
MVA-related injuries is
always a good idea, even when
only minor aches are present.
Below are a few symptoms that
may suggest that you could be
more hurt than you think:
o Neck pain or stiffness
o Back pain
o Confusion or trouble
o Tingling or numbness in the
arms, hands, or fingers
o Ringing in the ears
o Depression or irritability
o blurry or Double vision
o Sudden Intolerance to alcohol
There is a common phrase
regretfully spoken by accident
victims who have let their injuries
linger, "I thought it
2. The insurance company doesn't care about you.
After an accident, you might be
inclined to handle the insurance
claim yourself. The problem that
often follows are unnoticed expenses
or ongoing medical problems. What
most victims don't consider during
this crucial time period is how your
actions (or inactions) after the
accident can have serious implications
on both your health and your
legal rights. Unfortunately, this
lesson is often learned the hard way.
By the time a person is aware, the
case can suddenly become unexpectedly
complicated, time consuming,
Most lawyers, doctors, and
accident victims come to understand
that the auto insurance
companies are business's above all
else. As such, there is nothing they
are more interested in than saving
money on your claim. If they settle
your claim early and free themselves
from the expenses you later incur,
they save money ... lots of money.
Their goal is to minimize exposer
and risk by getting you to settle
before you speak to an attorney.
3. You may need a lawyer (even though you don't want one.)
Some people say they didn't use
a lawyer because they don't want to
appear to be seeking money for
frivolous reasons. It's really the first
step to letting the insurance
company begin their adjusting
process. Other people believe that
they can save money by dealing
with the insurance company
themselves. The insurance
company enjoys this as an opportunity
to save themselves money.
Especially in Arizona, ou are
trying to win a game that you don't
know how to play.
While nobody wants to be forced
into a "game" with the insurance
company. Unfortunately, they're
ready to play whether you are or
not. They've been playing it for a
long time, and are very good at it.
That is their job, and they have
built billion dollar corporations by
Dealing with them without a
lawyer lack the leverage of being
able to file a lawsuit if the insurance
company refuses to settle the claim
for a reasonable amount.
4. You can afford to get the information you need.
Most Personal Injury Attorneys
will discuss the merits of your case
with you at no cost. Many will also
work on a contingency fee, which
means they are willing to suspend
their fee until the end of the case.
This allows all accident victims to
protect themselves by hiring a
Numerous sources show that the
amount collected by an attorney is
substantially more than when not
using one. So in a way, you never
have to pay them out of your own
Perhaps most importantly
however is that you can have the
peace of mind to know that a
professional, bound by ethical rules
and a common interest in making
sure you don't get taken advantage
of, is in your corner. If you truly do
not need an attorney, most will tell
you so, and at least then you have
covered all your bases.
Many cases that at first glance
may not appear complicated or
troublesome can get out of hand
very quickly. This is often the case
when an injury does not go away as
quickly as hoped.
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