If you suffer body pain after a car accident, it may be normal soreness one would expect after such an impact. However, it could also indicate a more serious concern. We recommend undergoing a medical evaluation following your crash to rule out any hidden trauma or injuries that require treatment.
A car accident law firm may be able to help you recover the cost of this evaluation, your treatment, and any related expenses. If the other driver caused your crash, your state may allow you to hold them liable for these damages. You can file a claim on your own or let an attorney handle this process for you while you heal.
Body Pain Could Indicate Many Types of Car Accident Injuries
If you experience pain anywhere in your body after a traffic collision, you may want to see a doctor as soon as possible. Not only will this ensure you receive prompt treatment, but this visit will help to document your injuries and losses for your legal case later.
While the source location of your pain could indicate where you suffered injuries, this can be misleading. For example, many people with a common neck injury—whiplash—complain of headaches and arm pain.
Some common complaints after a crash include:
- Arm and elbow pain
- Hand and wrist pain
- Knee injuries
- Upper and middle back pain
The only way to learn for certain what the pain you are experiencing indicates is to undergo a thorough evaluation by a doctor.
An Injury Accident Could Cost You Much More Than Just a Doctor’s Visit
When you suffer car accident injuries, the related expenses can begin to pile up almost immediately. Before you even leave the scene, you may have:
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Ambulance transportation expenses
- Other property damages
Your medical evaluation, treatment, and care also add up quickly. This could include:
- Medical imaging
- Follow-up care and future needs
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Related expenses
Because of your injuries, you will endure additional damages such as:
- Lost wages and other income
- Diminished earning capacity
Lastly, there are the intangible damages you suffered, including:
- Pain and suffering losses
- Reduced quality of life
- Mental anguish
Documenting all these damages and other related expenses may be difficult, but it will be necessary to recover compensation for them. If you or your family needs help with this, you may want to consider letting a personal injury lawyer from our firm manage the claims process for you.
Recovering Damages for the Injuries and Related Expenses You Suffered
There are two ways you may be able to seek and secure compensation for the harm you sustained in a state with fault-based auto insurance laws:
- An insurance claim based on the negligent motorist’s auto liability policy
- A personal injury lawsuit filed in civil court
Most cases do not require a lawsuit or going to trial, but this may be the best option for justice and compensation under some circumstances. Our attorney can advise you if this is true in your case and explain what legal options may be available to you.
If you need to sue the at-fault driver, there are time limits that apply. However, exceptions exist, so you may consider contacting an attorney to discuss your accident in more detail. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may not have long to take action.
How an Attorney Can Help You with Your Case
You may want to work with an attorney to navigate the claims process and help you recover money damages for your injuries, pain, and financial losses.
A car accident law firm will be able to investigate, compile evidence, and file your claim on your behalf. Handling this on your own could take more time and cost you additional resources out of your own pocket. The first will use their resources to build your case and work based on contingency.
If you choose to work with a law firm, you can put all your focus on your physical and psychological recovery. The attorney will represent you and seek compensation for your financial recovery while you are still undergoing care for your injuries.
Speak with Our Team About Your Car Accident Injuries for Free Today
The Morris Bart law firm provides complimentary case evaluations for accident victims who suffered injuries or required medical care following a crash. We can explain your options for seeking compensation and may be able to manage the claims process for you. The areas we serve include four states in the Gulf South: Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Call (800) 537-8185 today to speak with us about your case. We are a contingency fee law firm that fights to help injured victims get justice.