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Non-Injury Accident Attorney in Houston Texas

Did you know that you may still be able to claim damages for an accident even if you receive a delayed diagnosis of injury?

Many times, accidents that don’t cause immediate injuries result in a claim for property damage but injuries may also develop well after an accident — and these should also be compensated.

So, before you dismiss a claim for damages, discuss your options with a non-injury accident lawyer in Houston.

You may be entitled to more than you think, including:

  • Medical fees: even if you are not injured, you may have medical fees for checkups after an accident and if injuries become evident later, your lawyer will be able to reasonably predict the losses you will incur.
  • Lost wages: compensation for the time you need to take off work due to emotional or mental trauma.
  • Reduced earning capacity: if physical, emotional or mental injuries impact your future earning capacity, this can also be compensated.
  • Suffering and anguish: non-economic damages such as mental anguish or emotional trauma can also be claimed in Texas.
  • Punitive damages: in some cases, if the other driver acted particularly recklessly or without regard for the safety of others, you can seek punitive damages even if you didn’t suffer an injury.

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Dealing with the insurance company of the at-fault party can be intimidating. An experienced personal injury lawyer like Ryan DeHoyos is adept at handling communications and negotiating a favorable settlement for you.

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Always seek the opinion of a qualified medical professional

As well as speaking to your lawyer, it is advisable to seek the advice of a medical professional after a road accident in Houston.

Auto collisions usually involve significant impact forces and the risk of injury is high so even if you don’t feel injured, a medical checkup as soon as possible is essential.

Sometimes, injuries are felt hours or even days later. Some accident victims fail to get medically checked out because of the perceived costs. However, with the help of an experienced lawyer, you may be able to get a medical checkup without incurring any out-of-pocket expenses.

Delayed symptoms of injury

Serious injuries from accidents are often obvious but the symptoms may have a delayed onset. Some victims think they’ve escaped injury-free only to find out later that this was far from the case.

In particular, we often see complications with delayed or hidden symptoms in the following types of injuries in Houston:

Traumatic brain injuries, caused by a blow to the head or violent movement from side to side with whiplash, may be particularly difficult to diagnose because they are often visible only from a scan.

Hitting one’s head in an accident is common but mild TBI injuries like concussions may go undetected without the appropriate medical checks. The disorientation, headaches, and fatigue associated with a concussion may take a while to become apparent — or the symptoms may be written off as normal reactions to the shock of an accident.

The psychological effects of being in an accident should not be underestimated, though many insurance companies might try to downplay them.

Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) affects almost one in ten car accident victims. This can lead to anxiety and depression but many people go untreated.

Spinal issues are common in car accidents and some are less obvious than others. A herniated disk happens when the soft tissue between your vertebrae is compressed and pushed out, irritating the surrounding nerves.

This type of pain may be mild at first and less obvious than whiplash or nerve pain resulting from other damage to the spinal column. Many people attribute herniated disk pain to “normal” post-accident pain and expect it to ease after a few days but it needs medical attention or it may worsen considerably.

The forces at play in car accidents can cause the body to contort itself and this can lead to a variety of soft tissue injuries.

In the immediate aftermath of an accident, the victim may not even feel these injuries if they are relatively minor. The discomfort only starts later when ligaments, tendons or muscles start to become inflamed, causing more severe pain.

Were you in a car accident in Houston, TX?

If you’ve been in an auto accident but received a delay diagnosis in injury, You could still be eligible to claim compensation. Call us at (832) 745-4878 or schedule a free and confidential consultation about your case today.

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What happens if you don’t see a medical professional?

If you don’t see a medical professional as soon as possible after a supposed non-injury accident, you are putting your health and your legal position in jeopardy.

Firstly, your condition may deteriorate and complications may develop. Secondly, the insurance company is unlikely to yield in its stance that you were uninjured even if injuries do show later. They may deny liability.

Common arguments from insurance companies in cases where no medical attention was sought by the victim are:

  • Your injuries did not result from the car accident but another event afterwards, thereby refusing liability for the medical costs.
  • The delay in seeking medical attention worsened your condition, leading to higher-than-necessary medical bills and refusal to pay all of the costs incurred.

Seeing a medical professional for a checkup ensures that your condition post-accident is documented in the medical reports. Any injuries are included and any other medical issues are diagnosed and treated.

If injury symptoms start to appear later, the medical professional can update the records accordingly.

Even if you have not sought medical attention after your accident, it may still be possible to file a compensation claim. Speak to Ryan DeHoyos about your options.

Why should you contact our Houston accident attorney?

Claiming compensation after an accident shouldn’t be difficult but it often is — especially if there are complications like a delayed diagnosis of the injury.

Insurance companies are out to protect their own interests. That can make dealing with their representatives challenging when you want to claim for a non-injury accident.

They will likely deny liability for part or all of the claim or try to pressure you into settling for an amount that is lower than you may be entitled to.

Our Houston non-injury accident attorney, Ryan DeHoyos, is accustomed to communicating with loss adjusters at insurance companies and understands their strategies. He is also skilled at gathering the necessary evidence of damages to pursue a strong case, such as the police report, medical records, and expert testimony.

He can manage negotiations and insist on you being paid a fair settlement or file a lawsuit to pursue the claim.

If you have been involved in a non-injury accident in Houston, contact us at DeHoyos Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation to evaluate your case.

We will assess whether your claim can be successful, inform you of your legal options and be happy to answer your questions.

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