Delayed, Late Appearing Car Accident Injuries: What You Need To Know
We discuss how delayed, late appearing car accident injuries that go undetected by doctors can be disabling and the importance of reporting all personal injuries within a year
Michigan law requires that auto accident victims report all personal injuries from a car accident within the first 12 months following a crash. This makes it very difficult for auto accident victims who suffer from serious delayed, late appearing car accident injuries that go undetected because they appear in a delayed manner.
Our car accident attorneys have seen far too many people become ineligible to receive No-Fault benefits for undetected injuries that were not specifically reported to the insurance company within the first year of the auto accident. If you need help now, call one of our car accident attorneys at (800) 777-0028.
Delayed, late appearing car accident injuries that go undetected can worsen over time
Medical professionals commonly use the term “masking” when delayed, late appearing car accident injuries go undetected. Masking explains how the intense pain of one injury can hide or “mask” other personal injuries. For example, broken bones, surgeries and months of recovery with pain medication can mask the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Many people are completely unaware of the devastating effects of a traumatic brain injury that remained present but not visible under months of pain medication, until they begin to experience the higher cognitive challenges of returning to work.
Or, serious injuries that seem minor can worsen over time, such as nagging neck or back discomfort that suddenly becomes more intense and requires surgery.
The problem of doctors only focusing on physical injuries
Too often, doctors only focus on obvious physical injuries and therefore, do not ask important follow-up questions. When dealing with traumatic brain injury or closed-head injury, it’s essential that treating doctors ask if their patients are having problems with concentration, short-term memory or emotional injuries.
Thousands of Michigan auto accident victims are stuck in unresponsive managed care health insurance plans, where primary doctors can delay for months before writing referrals for (more expensive) visits to medical specialists or for diagnostic testing that can quickly discover a brain injury or other masked injuries.
How to detect delayed, late appearing car accident injuries after an accident
It’s best to inform your doctor and auto insurance company of all of your as soon as possible. Include as much detail as possible when describing your personal injuries, and report everything, even if the injury seems “minor.”
If you have questions, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028 as soon as possible. You can also use our auto accident lawyer free consultation form. With early intervention, our personal injury lawyers can help accident victims with masked injuries receive medical treatment and fair compensation.