Pain After a Car Accident
Wichita Falls and Lawton lawyers explain car accident compensation
When the impact of a multi-ton vehicle crashes into you, the results will almost certainly be painful – even if you don’t feel the soreness right away.
Developing pain days after a car accident – sometimes even weeks after – is a very real possibility. Some car accident injuries, like whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, and torn muscles and tendons, can lead to delayed pain or referred pain.
You may be in pain after being rear ended on I-44 in Wichita Falls, hit head-on on Hwy 67 in Duncan, T-boned on Lee Boulevard in Lawton, or another type of crash. As an injured Texas or Oklahoma car accident victim, you deserve full compensation for your pain. However, insurance companies are known to undervalue pain. This means getting the compensation you deserve can be difficult. That’s where we come in.
The car accident lawyers at Hoover Rogers Law, LLP know that you deserve maximum pain compensation to get your life back on track. We are ready to take on the insurance company and keep your claim moving forward so you can focus on healing. If you were injured or a loved one died in a car accident in the Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Oklahoma area, contact us for a free case consultation.
FAQ: Texas and Oklahoma car accident pain compensation
Attorneys Grant Rogers and Ben Hoover are trusted lawyers in the Wichita Falls-Lawton area and beyond. This means we get asked a lot of legal questions about car accident-related pain and car accident pain compensation. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we’re asked.
Can you get compensation for pain and suffering after a car accident in Texas? How about Oklahoma?
Yes, to both questions. As an injured car accident victim in Texas or Oklahoma, you can file a third-party claim with the negligent driver’s car insurance for compensation for pain and suffering. You are also entitled to compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, among other things. However, the insurance company wants to give you as small a settlement as possible. They don’t care if you ever heal; we do. Hoover Rogers Law takes service to our community seriously. We build strong cases for full pain compensation that the insurance companies cannot ignore.
Can you get compensation if you feel pain days after a car accident?
Yes. It is well-documented that not all injuries cause immediate pain. Car accident injuries like whiplash, back and shoulder pain, pelvic, stomach, and rib pain as well as headaches may not develop until days or weeks after an accident. In some cases, injuries may take a month or more to register as painful. However, insurance companies often fight claims for delayed pain after a car accident. Hoover Rogers Law knows how to prove pain and establish the full extent of your losses. Your pain is real, and you deserve real compensation.
What types of car accident pain are compensated?
People experience a range of pain after a car accident – and it’s not just physical. The type of pain you’re experiencing is important when determining value.
- Immediate pain. This is experienced in the moments immediately after the crash impact.
- Delayed pain. Sometimes, it will take days or weeks after a car accident for an injured victim to feel the full pain of a collision.
- Referred pain. This pain develops when damage to one part of the body causes pain in another, seemingly unrelated part, often because of nerve damage.
- Emotional pain. Depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are often associated with car accidents.
- Reduced quality of life. Some car accident injuries leave permanent damage that can affect your quality of life. Pain isn’t just physical discomfort, but also loss of experiences, whether that’s getting on your knees to play with your kids or running a marathon.
- Chronic pain. When pain becomes permanent or re-occurs regularly, it is often described as “chronic pain.” Living in pain can significantly decrease your ability to work, sleep, and enjoy life.
- Pain experienced due to the healing process. Necessary surgery or side-effects of necessary medication can cause additional pain.
How is pain and suffering calculated?
There are various methods, such as multipliers or the “per diem method,” to calculate pain and suffering, but there is no specific formula that definitively determines the value of your claim. The most critical aspect of this high-stakes negotiation is the lawyer representing you. At Hoover Rogers Law, we understand the extent of car accident pain and what insurance companies are legally required to compensate. And we have the hard-charging negotiating skills to get results.
What causes pain after a car accident?
Physical and emotional pain often underlie serious injuries. Some of the most common and painful car accident injuries include:
- Whiplash. Whiplash and whiplash associated disorders (WADs) can cause pain in the neck and back, which sometimes takes days or even weeks to develop.
- Broken bones in the arm (humerus), legs (tibia), shoulder (clavicle or scapula), wrist, hands, pelvis, and skull.
- Knee and ankle trauma.
- Back injuries like herniated discs.
- Jaw injuries like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) damage.
- Musculoskeletal injuries. When your muscles, ligaments, or tendons are torn, strained, sprained, or bruised, you have a musculoskeletal injury.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). These include concussions, penetrating head injuries, and more.
Should you see a doctor for pain after a car accident?
Yes. Pain after a car accident may be connected to a serious injury that will not heal on its own. Always see a doctor after a car accident. Even if you feel okay, your doctor may detect a serious internal injury or delayed injury that you cannot yet feel. Visiting a doctor protects your health. It also creates an official medical report of your crash injuries to support your claim.
Medical treatment for painful car accident injuries varies. You may need surgery, physical therapy, pain medication, mental health counseling, and regular visits with specialists to regain your health or adjust to decreased abilities. Car accident pain is expensive to treat. Hoover Rogers Law can protect you from accepting a too-small settlement that runs out before you heal.
Never settle for less. Hoover Rogers Law demands maximum pain compensation.
Every case is different, so it is hard to provide an average car accident pain settlement, but we can say that car accident pain is often considered in claims that settle for tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some cases result in million-dollar settlements or verdicts.
Hoover Rogers Law understands the terrible physical, mental, and financial effects of pain after a car accident. It can disrupt sleep and stop you from driving and going to work or doing normal activities. That's why we are committed to getting car accident victims in Texas and Oklahoma the compensation they deserve. Our law firm does not settle for less. If the insurance company won’t make you a substantial settlement offer, we don't back down. We prepare for trial.
If you’ve been injured in a Wichita Falls or Lawton area car accident, contact us for a free injury case consultation. At no cost to you, we will explain how the law applies to your specific situation, estimate your claim value, and help weigh your legal options. You should also know that we represent injured accident victims for a contingency fee. That means there is no upfront cost for our services. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. You have a lot to gain and nothing to lose by consulting with Hoover Rogers Law.
Do not delay. A statute of limitations applies to car accident claims. A member of our team is available to hear from you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to schedule your free injury case consultation.