In the chaos and confusion that ensues after a car accident, you will most definitely breathe a sigh of relief when you realize that you did not suffer injuries in the crash.
It will not be necessary to call 911, head to the emergency room, or go through the tough recovery process. You will not miss any work due to your injuries, so your income is not affected.
Most importantly, you do not endure the significant pain and suffering associated with serious injuries. Under the circumstances, it should not be necessary to hire a car accident lawyer.
These are common presumptions going through your mind but, unfortunately, they may not always pan out the way you expect. Many accident victims find out that they should have consulted with an attorney, but it is too late to act. Instead of putting your legal rights at risk, talk to an experienced personal injury attorney about your car crash.
One reason to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident is that some injuries may not become evident right away. Your body releases adrenaline to help it pass through periods of significant trauma, such as a traffic collision. This “fight or flight” response may suppress pain, causing a delay in realizing you were hurt.
In addition, certain types of injuries do not present symptoms for several hours after you sustain them. The most common example is whiplash, which is a neck injury caused by violent back-and-forth movement that would be typical in a car accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, a person may not experience symptoms of whiplash for 24 hours after the trauma. Some victims even report feeling pain several days later.
For these reasons, it is important to consult with a lawyer even if you do not believe you were injured. Delays in filing a claim or pursuing the responsible party could act as a bar for recovering compensation.
Discuss Your Accident with a Knowledgeable Lawyer
At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our attorneys can tell you more about your legal options after an accident. Even if you did not suffer injuries, you do have rights and may need the assistance of a lawyer in protecting your interests. Please give us a call at (575) 222-1000 or contact us online for more information on our legal services. We can schedule a consultation for you at one of our convenient locations in El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM.