In Ohio, adjusters are especially hard on people who file injury claims for pain after a car accident. Often painful injuries, like back pain, neck pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain, cannot be documented with an X-ray or other type of medical body scan. Insurance adjusters know this. Yet, they’ll use the lack of imaging as an excuse to reduce or deny claims. Some of them even accuse victims of “faking” their pain.
Your pain is real. And we know what it takes to prove it.
Compensation for pain after a car accident
For years, the Gervelis Law Firm has stood up for injured car accident victims and the loved ones of fatal crash victims. Our Ohio car accident lawyers know how to find and collect the evidence that demonstrates the nature of injury and the extent of your pain. We know that you need the maximum compensation possible. Accepting a lowball settlement comes with the risk that your compensation could run out before you are healed.
Were you rear-ended in Columbus? Hit head-on by a semi-truck in Toledo?
If you are in pain after being rear-ended or hurt in another type of Ohio car accident, you need to know what to expect, how to protect your rights, and what it takes to win the settlement you deserve. We can help. Injured Ohio car accident victims can contact us for a free case consultation. At no cost to you, we can give you trusted answers to your crash-related legal questions.
What causes pain after a car accident?
Pain after a car accident is very common. Studies show that even at speeds under 20 mph, a car accident can cause severe injuries to the body’s more fragile parts like the spine, joints, neck, and brain.
Because pain is often an indication of a serious injury, letting it go untreated, or partially treated, leaves you open to developing chronic pain, nerve damage, and mobility problems. That’s why you should always see a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident – even if you feel “okay.” Here are some of the most common injuries that may cause pain after a crash:
- Fractured bones.
- Internal bleeding and organ damage.
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Road rash.
- Bruises, contusions, cuts, punctures, and lacerations.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Nerve damage.
- Torn or pulled muscles.
- Ligament and tendon sprains, strains, and rips.
Gervelis Law Firm understands the importance of living as pain-free as possible. That’s why we never back down. We fight for maximum compensation. If the insurance company won’t take your pain seriously and make a substantial settlement offer, we prepare to take them to court.
What types of car accident pain are compensated?
Pain isn’t only experienced physically. Many types of pain should be considered in a settlement and some forms of pain are compensated at a higher rate than others. An experienced Ohio car accident attorney understands pain types and how to leverage your condition for results.
Here are some pain types you may feel after a car accident:
- Immediate pain. The hurt felt at the crash site and immediately afterward.
- Delayed pain. Whether you experience pain at the crash site or not, delayed pain after a car accident may develop over the course of days or weeks. Sometimes, an injury becomes painful 3 weeks or more after a car accident.
- Referred pain. This hurt happens when a part of the body that was not injured develops an injury because it was overburdened trying to make up for the injured parts. The pain is “referred” from the initial injury to other areas.
- Chronic pain. The type of pain that stays with you. Chronic pain can be constant or intermittent. Depending on where it hurts, chronic pain can disrupt your ability to sleep, drive, work, and complete normal tasks.
- Chronic widespread pain (CWP). Pain on the left and right side of the body, above and below the waist. Disability and reduced quality of life are common for this poorly understood type of pain. Some theorize that CWP may stem from a regional crash injury that spreads out over time.
- Mental pain and anguish. Being in a car accident can change a person. Injured victims may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety after an accident.
- Recovery pain. This is the pain you feel while recovering from medical treatment to repair or relieve crash injuries, such as surgery.
Depending on the nature of your injury and extent of your pain and suffering, there are a variety of ways to medically treat it. If your pain requires surgery, for example, you will likely collect more than someone who can heal without medical intervention. A lawyer can make the insurance company take your pain injury claim seriously.
Demand maximum compensation for your pain
Don’t try to “tough it out” or “power through” the pain after a car accident. An untreated car accident injury may develop into severe or disabling chronic pain.
If you were injured in an Ohio car accident, contact the Gervelis Law Firm for a free case consultation. At no cost to you, we can give you a claim estimate and help weigh your options for compensation.
You should also know that our Ohio car accident lawyers work on contingency. That means there is no out-of-pocket or upfront cost for their service. Their fee is an agreed-upon percentage of the settlement or order. If they don’t win, you don’t pay.
You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by consulting Gervelis Law Firm. Don’t wait for the statute of limitations to expire. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation right now.