It is very common to experience pain several hours after a car accident. Don’t think just because you don’t feel pain immediately, that you aren’t injured. Injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons may not manifest themselves immediately. Often inflammation is the first sign of an injury to these tissues, and inflammation may take time to develop. Once it does, you will experience pain and discomfort that may interfere with your ability to function.
These types of injuries are well known to medical professionals who treat car accident injuries. You might hear terms like “soft tissue” or “whiplash” injury. Make no mistake, however, these are objective injuries that cause pain and require treatment to overcome.
If you’ve been in a car accident and experience pain some time later, seek treatment as soon as possible. Most likely your injuries will only worsen with time. Just because your medical treatment takes place some time after the accident, does not affect your entitlement to PIP benefits. Insurance companies are well aware that these types of injuries may manifest themselves after an accident and won’t usually hassle you about seeking treatment later. If you are not being treated fairly by an insurance company responsible for paying PIP or for reimbursing your property damage or bodily injury claim, you may need to seek the services of an experienced Kentucky accident attorney or lawyer to get you the benefits you deserve.