What Should You Do If You Have Neck Pain Years After an Accident?
After a serious accident, people should immediately be checked out by a doctor. However, not everyone realizes the true extent of their injuries right away. Other people also do not realize they might have a right to file a lawsuit for their injuries.
If you have neck pain years after an accident, you need to consider the relevant statute of limitations to see if you can still file a claim. In many states, the statute of limitations for car accident cases is around 2 to 3 years. If you have exceeded your time limit, an attorney can help you figure out if any special exceptions apply to your case. If you can sue, talk to a lawyer right away for help proving the old accident caused your injuries.
If you were in an accident years ago and have decided to pursue legal action for neck pain, you need an experienced lawyer to help you. Call the Law Office of John J. Sheehan at (617) 925-6407 to schedule a free legal consultation.
Is It Too Late to Sue if You Notice Neck Pain Years After an Accident?
Ideally, someone injured in an accident should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. However, people sometimes decide to wait or fail to realize they have legal options after an accident. It is not unheard of for an injured individual to pursue legal action several years after they were hurt in an accident. If this sounds like your situation, you should first check your state’s relevant statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations is the law in your state that limits lawsuits after a certain amount of time has passed. These statutes can vary from state to state, so speaking with an attorney about your case is important. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases related to accidents is around 2 to 3 years in many states, but some states have longer limits.
If you are still within the statute of limitations, you should have no problem filing your lawsuit. If too much time has passed, you may need to find an exception that allows you to toll the statute and get extra time to file. Even if you are within the statute of limitations, there may be limited evidence that still exists that could be used to support your claims. Talk to our Boston car accident lawyers about your neck pain, and we can help you determine if you can still file a lawsuit.
Determining the Cause of Your Neck Pain Years After an Accident
You may be certain that your current neck pain was caused by an accident from years ago, but it is possible that a different injury caused your neck pain. A lot of things could have happened between your accident and now. It is important to consider other possible causes of your pain and to be evaluated by a physician.
Something else may be causing your pain. Think over what has happened in your life since the accident. Were there any other accidents? Did you take a nasty fall at some point? Could you be experiencing symptoms of a medical condition that is not connected with the accident? Do you have any medical records from the original incident? Has a doctor evaluated you recently for your neck pain?
We ask these questions not because we don’t believe your claims. We ask these questions to prepare you for the scrutiny you will face from the opposing party. With so much time between the accident and your current neck pain, it will be easy for a defendant to question where your pain comes from. Our Cambridge car accident attorneys can help you prove that your accident from several years ago is the source of your current neck pain.
Assessing Damages Years After An Accident Caused Your Neck Pain
If you are pursuing legal action for neck pain caused by an accident from years ago, you need to evaluate your damages and how they may have changed over the years. Perhaps the first thing to consider is medical bills. We need to review medical bills from immediately after the accident and records of your medical expenses from that time. You should also see a doctor now to update your medical records if you have not done so already.
Have you incurred any other medical bills for treatment for neck pain over the years? People who experience chronic pain tend to visit doctors quite frequently, making for very costly medical bills. This can include doctor visits, prescriptions for pain medications, and physical therapy.
Have you lost out on work opportunities because of your neck pain? If you have been unable to work since your accident due to pain, you may claim lost wages as part of your damages. We can calculate how much money you potentially could have earned had it not been for the accident that caused your neck pain. Your damages will be influenced by how many years have passed without being able to earn a living.
We can also make claims for non-economic damages, primarily pain and suffering. Chronic neck pain can take an immense physical and mental toll on people. This pain should not go unnoticed. How has your pain affected your life over the years? If you can demonstrate a loss of enjoyment or even psychological conditions like severe depression or anxiety, you can claim greater damages for pain and suffering. Talk to our Wakefield car accident lawyers about damages for your years of neck pain.
Call Our Accident Attorneys About Your Neck Pain
If you injured your neck in an accident several years ago and still experience neck pain, talk to an attorney about legal action. Our Malden car accident lawyers can help you determine if you can still sue and what your damages are worth today. Call the Law Office of John J. Sheehan at (617) 925-6407 to schedule a free legal consultation.