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What injuries do I need to have to file a claim after a car accident in Ohio?

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Many people who were in car accidents do not believe they have an insurance claim after a car accident. They think their injuries are either not serious enough or that their pains and aches do not qualify as an injury. That is one of the biggest mistakes people make after accidents. It’s important to know that nearly any sort of injury can mean you have a good claim.

Laws Are In Place To Protect You After A Car Accident

A lot of people’s first thought is to tell their insurance company that they were not injured, when in fact, they have injuries. Many of those minor aches and pains get worse over time. Sometimes, they are signs of serious physical problems that will show up later. Some of the injures may not show up for days or weeks, or may get worse over time, like:

  • Whiplash
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Concussions
  • Muscle strains
  • Traumatic brain injuries

This is in addition to serious injuries that are evident right away, like broken bones.

People have the first instinct to downplay their injuries. However, Ohio is an at-fault state, and there are laws that protect your rights. You have the ability and the right to seek compensation for your injuries, no matter what form they take.

Take These Steps To Protect Yourself

You should get medical attention as soon as possible. In addition to protecting your health, this will help provide documentation of your injuries. Insurance companies will often not put a fair value on injuries, so it’s important to have this record.

Once you do that, you should speak to an attorney. You’ll need to report your injuries to the insurance company in order to file a claim, but it’s always better to have a lawyer working with you to handle your claim. That way, you will be sure that things are handled correctly, and you can focus on healing from your injuries and not fighting with an insurance company.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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