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Why Pedestrians Should Always Get Their Injuries Assessed After Being Hit By a Car: Free Legal Insight from the Top Pedestrian Accident Injury Attorneys

It is not uncommon for a pedestrian accident victim to feel perfectly fine after being struck by a car. In fact, it is actually very common for a pedestrian accident victim to feel fine hours or days after an accident. Just because you don’t feel hurt after an accident, doesn’t mean you are ok. The moments following an accident are filled with emotions and the body releases hormones that can numb you to pain. Once these hormones wear off, the pain from any injuries sustained may start to manifest itself in severe ways.

Below, our experienced pedestrian attorneys will discuss crucial information regarding injuries after a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles, the experienced team of Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to help. We will recover all the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on your recovery and on the ones you care most about.

What Do I Do Immediately After A Pedestrian Accident?

Your health must always be your first priority if you were injured in a pedestrian accident. Please call 911 immediately and request help if you are injured. It’s possible that you may feel fine immediately after being knocked down. However, even serious injuries may not show any adverse symptoms until the next day, or even several days after. Therefore, it’s always recommended to seek medical treatment as soon as possible, whether you believe you are seriously hurt or not. Simply put: if you are not immediately assessed by a medical professional, the insurance companies will argue that you were not really hurt at all, which will severely limit your ability to file a claim and receive damages. 

Therefore, we recommend getting checked by a doctor even if you think you are ok. A medical professional is more qualified to determine whether or not you are actually hurt. Further, a doctor knows what symptoms may be indicative of future injuries, as well as what to watch out for. 

Finally, do not wait to seek medical help. The longer you wait, the stronger an insurance adjuster’s claim that you are not actually hurt will be. 

Soft Tissue Injuries

Let’s discuss a category of injuries that may not always manifest immediately, but which are still serious. Soft tissue injuries affect tendons, muscles, and ligaments. These parts of the body are often referred to as soft tissue. Being struck by a car, even at low speed, can cause serious damage to soft tissue, placing stress on delicate areas of the body.

Whiplash is the most common type of soft tissue injury that can be suffered after an accident. Most soft tissue injuries cause swelling, pain, and impaired mobility. The tricky thing is that adverse symptoms will not necessarily manifest themselves after an injury. In fact, it may take days or weeks for any pain to present itself. Therefore, it is very possible for a legitimately injured pedestrian accident victim to truly believe they are ok. As mentioned, it is always best to consult a doctor.


A concussion is a serious injury. Unfortunately, symptoms may not always manifest themselves immediately. Symptoms can be severe, but also subtle. Below are just a few of the most common symptoms:

  • Confusion/Disorientation
  • Memory Issues
  • Severe Headache
  • Blurred Vision
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal sleep patterns

DO NOT Settle

We strongly recommend waiting until you have been checked out by a doctor before you make any statements or sign anything an insurance company places in front of you. The insurance adjuster’s job is to make sure you settle for less money than you deserve. It is also a good idea to wait until all the injuries you have suffered manifest themselves first. 

Finally, if you do sign any type of release and later feel hurt, you will not be able to file a claim for damages owed to you.  

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss  of Enjoyment of Life
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

Call West Coast Trial Lawyers For a Free Consultation

If you have gotten injured in the city of Los Angeles due to a pedestrian accident, an attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our talented and skilled law office. 


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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