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I Took an Insurance Payout and Now My Motorcycle Accident Injury Symptoms Have Worsened. Am I Entitled to Any More Money to Help With Treatment?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you know about the force and speed involved in a collision. It is very likely to become seriously injured as a result of this accident. However, sometimes injuries are not apparent immediately and may take days or weeks to present themselves. You may also know about an injury at the time of the accident, only to have it get worse as time goes by.
If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, it is important that you contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can help you navigate the aftermath of an accident. Not only can a lawyer help you gather relevant evidence to help with the insurance claim process, but they can also counsel you about what to do in terms of receiving compensation from the insurance company, as it relates to your accident and injuries.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Treasure Coast area, contact an experienced accident attorney at Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd to set up a free consultation. With over 35 years of experience, a Florida motorcycle accident attorney from our firm will be able to help you make informed decisions about how to best proceed after your accident.
What injuries are likely to have delayed onset or get worse over time?
There are many accident injuries that commonly have a delayed presentation or are likely to gradually worsen over time. Some of these injuries include:
When you are in an accident and have to stop suddenly, it may cause your head to quickly move back and forth. When this occurs, it is called whiplash. This quick and violent movement can cause a lot of soft tissue damage, from muscle tears to damage of the spine or nerves.
You may not notice at first due to the adrenaline in your system from being involved in the accident, as adrenaline often masks pain. It is only after your nervous system returns to normal that you may begin to notice soreness, headaches, and other symptoms of whiplash.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury inflicted by a blow to the head, which causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull. Even with a helmet, a serious impact caused by a motorcycle accident can lead to a concussion. Concussions can cause a myriad of symptoms, such as brain swelling and bleeding, as well as changes to personality, fatigue, and memory and vision problems. Some of these issues may not surface until well after the accident.
If you are in a serious accident and have internal bleeding, blood clots may form. While clots can form anywhere, one of the most dangerous kinds of blood clots can form in the leg, causing deep-vein thrombosis. These clots can break loose and travel to your lungs, causing your pulmonary artery to be blocked. This complication can result in many different medical issues, including death. Clots can also form in your brain, which can lead to brain injuries or even death. Because these can take time to form, they are not always apparent immediately after an accident.
Injuries to your spine can be very serious and can cause paralysis and even death. Partial damage can become worse over time and even lead to a delayed death. Pain, loss of sensitivity and movement, lack of balance, and difficulty breathing are just a few of the symptoms that can indicate an injury to the spine.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Though many injuries are physical, it is important to remember that your mental health may be affected by an accident, as well. PTSD occurs when a person goes through an experience that is very scary or a highly stressful event that lies well outside their normal experience. Some symptoms of PTSD might include lingering feelings of guilt, anger, or fear that don’t go away or worsen over time, causing you to limit or change your behavior. It may not be apparent for some time that an accident victim is suffering from PTSD.
I’ve Already Taken an Insurance Payout, but My Symptoms Have Gotten Worse. Am I Entitled to More Money to Help Treat These Worsened Symptoms?
Unfortunately, many times the answer to this question is not going to be favorable. When receiving a settlement from an insurance company, the accident victim is required to sign a liability release form stating that the insurance company is free from any future liability regarding the injuries from the motorcycle accident. These forms are binding and make it so the insurance company is not legally required to pay you for any additional damages.
Because of this, it would be in the accident victim’s best interest to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. This attorney would be able to go over the settlement and all its terms with the accident victim before anything is signed. These attorneys have experience with motorcycle accident cases, and with the help of your doctor, would be able to talk you through all your options regarding your injuries and what to expect with regards to new or worsening symptoms, should they develop.
Even if you have already signed the liability release waiver, it still may not be too late. An attorney may be able to help you find additional sources of liability from the accident, such as another driver involved or a defective vehicle manufacturer. In some cases, an attorney may be able to look at your case to determine if the insurance company is not fully released from liability following your settlement. If you believe that the insurance company committed fraud or violated their own policies, then you may be able to either reopen the case or start a new claim for damages that were incurred as a result of that bad faith.
Reach Out to Experienced Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for Assistance
No matter where you are in the accident process, Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd is here to help. With over 35 years of experience, our attorneys will work with you to help you determine your best course of action to obtain the justice and compensation that you deserve.
With offices conveniently located in Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, and Okeechobee, we are ready to hear about your case during a complimentary consultation. You will be able to receive specific, personalized advice on what your best strategy will be moving forward from one of our experienced attorneys. To schedule your free case review, call 866-460-1990 or contact us online today.
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