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Personal Injury: What If You Don’t Realize You Have Suffered an Injury?

A car or truck accident exposes the human body to forces it simply wasn’t designed to withstand. Even with the most advanced safety features available, the sudden impact of a moving vehicle can devastate our body’s delicate balance of tissue, muscle, nerves, arteries, organs, and bones.

When people think about injuries resulting from car accidents or truck accidents, it is easy to focus on the immediate, visible injuries suffered by the victims. Doing so, however, overlooks the fact that there are a variety of serious injuries that are not visible or are not immediately apparent. Some injuries can take days or weeks to become apparent.

Every car accident is different, so no two people experience the same trauma, nor do their bodies react in the same way. With a century of combined legal experience, our firm has seen some of the following injuries, which can show up in a delayed fashion but are no less devastating:

  • Whiplash injuries—these are due to a sudden forceful impact to the neck, which can result in chronic neck pain, nerve damage, headaches, dizziness, memory issues, and sleep disturbances (among many other symptoms).
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)—associated with whiplash and other “violent blows” to the head and body, a car crash can cause TBI’s that have long term complications for victims. As your brain is your central processor for your thoughts, emotions, nervous system, and organs, there is a wide range of physical, emotional, and psychological effects that come with TBI.
  • Recurring back pain—your back contains a delicate system of vertebrae, nerves, and muscle, and a car wreck can cause life-long back problems that are not immediately obvious.
  • Emotional trauma—in addition to the psychological impacts of a TBI, car wrecks can cause serious emotional harm in that they constitute a trauma. A study from the University of Oxford found that at least one-third of people who survived auto accidents suffered from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and phobias at one year after their accident.

The fact that an injury is not immediately apparent does not take away your right to hold the responsible parties accountable. Under Nevada’s statute of limitations, there is a two-year deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking damages for injuries caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another. This limitation doesn’t begin to toll until the date that the victim discovered or should have discovered their injury, but typically, it commences on the date of the accident.

Trust Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. to Fight for You

At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P., our top-rated personal injury attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in damages on behalf of our clients through settlement and contested trials. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and building strong attorney-client relationships. This fuels our drive to fight for our clients. If you want an experienced, proven attorney, contact us today. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.