You could still have an injury case if there’s no damage in a car accident. If a car crash left you with injuries, you have the legal right to file a claim for compensation. Protect your rights by following the recommended procedures after a car accident.
Immediately after a collision, you should file a police report, get medical attention, and call your auto insurance company.
Car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you with your claim. Call us after your car accident in South Florida to get started. Dial 1-888-494-0430 to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
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Should I Report an Accident if There’s No Damage?
You should immediately file a police report. The responding officer may give you a receipt with the identification number of the accident report. This will make it easier to obtain a copy later.
However, this report is not all inclusive. Document everything. Take pictures of the accident scene, including both vehicles. Take down the other driver’s information, including name, contact information, and auto insurance company. If there were any witnesses to the accident, collect their names and contact information as well.
How Long After a Car Accident Can Injuries Appear?
Car accident injuries may take as long as 24-72 hours to surface. In that time you may decide you feel fine and return to school or work. Depending on your injury and your occupation, this could cause your injury to worsen.
Unless you have medical knowledge, you might not know what symptoms to look for.
Signs of injury include:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Stiffness in joints
- Changes to hearing or vision
It’s important to get a medical evaluation, even for minor car accidents, because serious injuries can go unnoticed. Just as your car can look fine and then emit strange noises as you drive away, you can sustain invisible injuries. Delayed medical treatment could cause injuries to worsen or become permanent.
Can You Have Whiplash with No Damage to Your Car?
Even if there’s no damage to your car, you can be left with whiplash. Over 2 million Americans are affected by whiplash each year. Despite how common this condition is, it’s often misunderstood. For one thing, it doesn’t require a major collision. You can sustain whiplash injuries from impacts at speeds as low as 5-10 MPH.
Right after a car accident, it’s normal to look for obvious signs of injury. You might check for cuts and scrapes, or anything that feels broken. Bruising may not appear for hours. But some injuries never present visible signs. This is often the case for whiplash. Other unseen injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Herniated disc
- Internal bleeding
- Soft tissue damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
You may have whiplash if you feel pain or stiffness in your neck, shoulder, or back. Don’t ignore any symptoms. See your doctor for proper diagnosis, and to rule out more serious injuries.
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How Do I Build My Case if There Was No Damage in the Accident?
The car accident may not have caused property damage. But if you were injured, you need to assemble a personal injury case. Injuries can amount to high medical bills and ongoing need for physical therapy or counseling. If you try to pay for everything out of pocket, you could drain your savings or go into debt.
Enlist the help of an accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale to ensure you build a strong personal injury case. We can help you get the compensation you need after a car accident, even if there is no damage to your car. We will lead you through the process and tell you everything you need to win your case.
Our team of car accident attorneys will gather evidence to support your claim. This could include anything that proves your injuries, such as hospital receipts, expert testimony explaining need for further treatment, and employment statements showing lost wages. We will file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement. If that doesn’t produce the desired result, we will represent you in a lawsuit to claim the financial compensation you need.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine want to help. We can offer legal guidance and negotiate for compensation on your behalf. Call us today at 1-888-494-0430 for a free consultation.