You may still have a case even if you do not feel pain at the scene of an accident. Your body's initial reaction to a traumatic event is an adrenaline rush that can reduce pain symptoms. You may start to develop pain later on and have injuries, regardless of your numbness originally. Immediate pain is not only a cause for contacting a personal injury lawyer.
Depending on the statute of limitations in your state, your case would need to be filed within one to four years. We recommend you file a claim immediately, as this will help you exhibit the scope of your injuries and uphold liability.
Compensatory damages are the primary damages available in a personal injury case, however two underlying categories within compensatory damages are economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are concrete which extend to property damage, medical bills, objective losses, lost earning capacity, etc. Non-economic damages are less tangible and cover a person's suffering, mental anguish and loss of ability to enjoy life. Damages must be identified to be awarded without questionable evidence.
Most personal injury cases do not go to trial. Most cases such as these end in a settlement and agreement with the defendant or the defendant's insurance agency. If a case is more complex, it typically will take longer to settle due to a defendant's wish to fight against the settlement. Hiring an attorney early on can typically urge an insurer to make a fair offer within negotiations, which removes pressure from the plaintiff.
You will initially be expected to pay your medical expenses since liability has not yet been established. Medical Payments coverage or health insurance coverage can be used when paying for your medical expenses. If you were injured while working at your place of employment, you are eligible to use your workers' compensation benefits. Once a settlement occurs, an insurer can be reimbursed.