Do I Have a Personal Injury Case if I Only Have Minor Injuries?

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In many types of accidents, the initial injuries sustained may be considered minor. For example, in a car accident with a multi-car pileup, there can be several drivers and passengers involved and some can sustain major trauma while others walk away with apparently minor damage. Do you know, however, that it is typically best to seek a professional medical opinion even if you think you have suffered only a minor injury? You may then have a personal injury case even if you only have minor injuries. 

It can be important to see a doctor even if you do not think you have suffered major injuries. Many minor injuries can turn into major ones over time, and if you do not understand the root cause at the beginning, it can be tough to figure out why you suddenly are not feeling well. For example, you may have whiplash, or a minor concussion diagnosed the day of an accident. Then, days or weeks later, you may see tissue damage that portends a more serious injury or have pronounced headaches or difficulty with memory. Even if your injuries do not turn into anything more serious, you may have a personal injury case if you have medical costs that need to be paid and/or any lost earnings if you have to miss work for treatment.

If you have minor injuries, it may be worthwhile to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney to see if you have a valid claim. If your attorney thinks your claim has merit, he or she can file for damages to reimburse you for health insurance copays and deductible payments and any lost earnings due to your injury. It may be possible that the driver at fault has an insurance company that may pay small amounts of damages for your treatment without too much back and forth.

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