In a recent interview, leading personal injury attorney Kendra Long, attorney at Northwest Women’s Injured Law, PLLC, in Edmonds, WA, revealed vital information about identifying a personal injury and what to do about it. —
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When asked for a comment, she said, "Having a car accident isn't enough for a personal injury case. The damage to your vehicle doesn't always tell the story about whether someone is injured. Sometimes the damage is severe, but injuries are non-existent, and sometimes the damage is non-existent, but the injuries are severe."
The number one question to ask, according to Long, is whether or not someone is injured as a result of the accident.
When asked what constitutes an injury, she said, "Sometimes injuries can be significant and require surgery or worse. Other times, injuries are more subtle. People need to know that they can still get compensated for those injuries they might not feel right after an accident due to the adrenaline masking the pain. But after a few days, they notice that their knee, neck, or upper back really hurts - they can go get treatment for that."
Long further added that injuries can manifest themselves not only physically but also emotionally, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Women tend to have a higher rate of PTSD and push it aside.
"People who experience PTSD after getting into a car accident experience excessive worry or hyperventilation every time they get in the car or think about driving. This is very common in women in traumatic situations such as car accidents, which can take a real toll on their lives. It's important to remember that this is still an injury that you can seek compensation for," she said.
If in an accident, Long emphasized that it's crucial never to assume fault and speak with an attorney.
When asked to elaborate, she said, "Individuals should not assume fault in an accident because they don't know the law very clearly. They don't always know if they were at fault, partially at fault, or completely fault-free in an accident. So it’s really important to talk to an attorney about the unique circumstances of your case.”
Similarly, it's also essential never to assume that the other person involved in the car accident has insurance.
“You can’t assume that the other party has or doesn’t have insurance. Some people carry around a fake insurance card in case they get pulled over. Some people don’t have their insurance on them at the time of the accident. So don’t assume, reach out to an attorney as it’s something that can be investigated,” she said.
Never assuming that an injury is too small for a personal injury case is another important thing to keep in mind, according to Long.
"Sometimes people come to me, and they only had an ER visit and received chiropractic care for six months. They are unsure whether or not their case is big enough for us to take on. You do not have to be in a catastrophic accident to have an attorney. You deserve justice even if you were in an accident and only have $10,000 in medical bills," she said.
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