If you were involved in a minor accident, you may feel fine shortly afterward and think that you are uninjured. That doesn't necessarily mean that you are injury-free, however. Some injuries can take several days or weeks to manifest. What should you do if you learn you are injured in your accident after some time has passed?
Soft tissue injuries (STI) such as whiplash, sprains, strains, and contusions are some of the most common injuries sustained in traffic collisions. Upon impact, the resulting force can cause damage to the body's muscles and tendons in the neck, knees, elbows, wrists, and hands, resulting in extreme discomfort, swelling, weakness, and sometimes loss of function in the affected area. While these types of injuries can be excruciatingly painful and life-disrupting, in many cases, insurance companies may attempt to trivialize soft tissue injuries or imply that a claimant is exaggerating in order to limit their financial responsibility. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to properly document your STI and maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve.