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Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate Your Injuries After a Car Accident

The type of injuries that people sustain in car accidents often take time to surface.

woman holding head after car accident

Many people who are injured in a car accident are understandably focused on the here and now. However, just focusing on the here and now can be a big mistake. For example, just because an injury might seem insignificant does not mean that you aren’t going to have problems in the future. The type of injuries that people sustain in car accidents often take time to surface.

Even if you do address them immediately, that does not mean that they won’t flare up later. If you are offered a settlement that only pays for the treatment you need currently, and you don’t anticipate what you might need in the future, you might be underestimating the true nature of your injury and what it could lead to in the future. In other words: you can’t know what your injury could end up costing you. Don’t let an insurance company lowball your settlement.


Whiplash is a common injury in a car accident. When your car collides with someone else’s, your car might stop suddenly. Thanks to inertia, that does not mean that you stop as well. When your car stops suddenly, it can cause your head to snap back quickly, which can lead to soft tissue injuries in your neck and spine. This type of injury is known as whiplash.

Whiplash can make your neck sore for a day or two, but what is lurking underneath might be much more perilous. As you age, the integrity of your bones and joints begins to break down. That minor accident you were in that seemed like no big deal might come back to haunt you in the future. Those little injuries can turn into nightmares.

Why Speak with a Car Accident Attorney?

The insurance company covering your claim will work hard to protect their bottom line. They do so at the expense of their injured victims. They aren’t interested in paying you what you deserve. They are interested in paying as little as possible.

When you are injured in a car accident, you are generally entitled to both economic and non economic damages, but if you don’t know how to calculate them, then you are quite certainly going to get less.

Economic damages are things like medical bills and lost wages. If you only take your current injuries and what they cost into account without considering what you might need in the future, whatever does happen in the future, will be your responsibility. Once you sign on the dotted line to accept a settlement offer, you absolve the insurance company from everything else that happens.

It is critical that you get the compensation you deserve and it is critically important that you understand how your injuries could develop in the future so that you have the money to pay for any further medical care that you will need.

The best way to know that you are covering yourself for the future is by speaking with an experienced attorney who can evaluate your claim and help you understand what will be needed to make sure. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. we can help every step of the way, beginning with a FREE case evaluation.

Call us 24/7 at (314) 361-4242.