Waiting Too Long to Hire an Attorney

I see this about once a month…

Person is involved in an auto accident. Doesn’t want to “make a big deal out of it” so they avoid calling a personal injury attorney for advice and assistance. The accident victim starts experiencing memory loss, head ache, ringing in their ears, dizziness, cognitive slowing, or any combination of these symptoms. In short, they had a concussion, probably have post-concussion syndrome, but because of the nature of the injury itself, they aren’t correlating those symptoms to their accident! Which means they aren’t getting diagnosed or treated, which means they are suffering more and maybe not getting better. Which in turn means these symptoms won’t be taken into consideration when it comes time to value their claim. Everyone loses EXCEPT the insurance company!

Seriously. I see this about once a month. This happens ALL the time. You would think you’d have your wits about you and know that if you’re acting funny after an accident it’s probably because of the accident and you should see a doctor. But that’s the problem with concussions; you’re not your normal clever self, so it’s hard to make those connections and cognitive leaps. This is a tragedy for your health, but it’s also a tragedy for your claim.

By making a simple call to a personal injury attorney, such as myself, a thorough intake would reveal these symptoms and their timing, and you’d get a strong nudge to get to your doc to get checked out, and then you’d be on the right path. You see, attorney’s don’t just yell at the other side to make them do things, they give you advice so things will go better for you. Remember, we’re “counselors” at law, too!

As I’m always saying, after an accident, call an attorney. Call me. You won’t regret it. But there’s a really good chance you’ll regret it if you don’t.

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