Many Serious Georgia Auto Accident Injuries Not Discovered in Time


October 27, 2010

People all over Georgia are involved in motor vehicle accidents every day including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bike accidents, tractor-trailer accidents and SUV rollover accidents. If you are a Georgia resident, there is a risk that you will be involved in a motor vehicle accident sometime during the next 10 years. More than 1,720 Georgia drivers are involved in car wrecks daily which amounts to 70 accidents per hour.

Sadly, many people who suffer serious injuries never receive compensation for their injuries because they initially believe that they are not injured, or because they believe that they have no recourse against the other driver's insurance company. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions throughout Georgia for over 25 years.

It is critically important that a person seek immediate medical attention after a motor vehicle accident, even if a driver only has what seems like very minor symptoms. Many people never seek medical treatment following a car accident because they dismiss minor symptoms not realizing they are linked to more serious injuries or medical conditions. Some very serious injuries are difficult for even a physician to diagnosis let alone a lay person.

For example, many serious neck injuries go undetected or untreated. Occult Ligament Tears are complete tears or ruptures of the ligament which connect bones. When a driver suffers whiplash or a flexion/extension type injury, a driver can suffer an occult ligament tear, which appears neurologically and structurally intact because surrounding supportive tissue holds the ligament in place. Over time the surrounding tissue will weaken and the joint will degenerate. This type of serious injury is difficult for even physicians to diagnose. If you fail to get medical attention and evaluation, serious conditions like this that deteriorate over time may go undiagnosed or untreated until it is too late to seek compensation from the other driver.

Degenerative conditions such as these make it essential to seek medical care immediately following a car collision for even very minor symptoms. When you see the doctor, you need to disclose all symptoms no matter how minor they seem at the time. Sometimes people who try to represent themselves and negotiate with the other driver's insurance company are fooled by the insurance adjuster's use of the term "low impact" collision. The insurance adjuster will suggest that you could not have suffered injuries because there was minimal damage to the vehicles indicating a low impact collision. However, it is not just the intensity of the impact that matters, but the manner in which the impact is absorbed by the body which can result in injuries that degenerate over an extended period of time.

If you are involved in a serious Georgia car accident, you need to see your physician even if you believe you only have very minor injuries. If you wait to see your doctor, the other driver's insurance company will assert that your injuries were not a result of the traffic accident. It is also important to seek legal advice so that you do not end up harming your claim because you believe your injuries are minor. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia auto accident lawyers have been helping those injured in car wrecks in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia for over 25 years. Call Montlick & Associates today to see how we can help. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.

Category: Auto Accidents

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