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Been in An Auto Accident? You Might Be Hurt and Not yet Know It.
Suppose that you have just been rear-ended by another driver who was paying more attention to his cell phone than to you. Suppose also that the other driver hits your car while travelling at about 20 miles per hour. This may sound like a low-speed, fender-bender accident, with little potential for personal injury.
Even at a speed of just 20 miles per hour, your body can be subjected to a sudden shock equivalent to falling from a height of approximately 13 feet.
If your head snaps back violently, but you don’t feel any pain, should you see a doctor?
The answer is yes. Not every bodily injury results in immediate, excruciating pain.
An accident resulting in minor vehicle damage may still cause injury. Motor vehicles consist of metal and plastic. Your body is tissue and bone. In the case of a rear-end collision, as you head snaps back, your neck muscles and tendons can be stretched beyond the tolerable 7 to 8 percent. You could have a whiplash injury which may not be symptomatic immediately or present on medical imaging systems, such as an X-ray.
Immediate treatment could crucial to avoiding long-term complications. To be prevail in a personal injury claim, you must show that you were diligent in seeking quick diagnosis and treatment of your injury. In Georgia, the statute of limitations on personal injury suits is 2 years.
Even if you are not in immediate pain or are not experiencing symptoms following an auto accident, it is vital that you seek medical attention immediately if your body begins to show signs of injury.
If you are looking for advice on whether you may have a personal injury case, contact our attorneys at Treadaway & Treadaway.