If you have been involved in a car accident, you must determine if you have been injured and if your injuries require medical attention. Anyone who has lost consciousness, has suffered a bone fracture, or is bleeding should see a doctor as soon as possible. Even when there are no apparent injuries, it is important that victims of auto accidents seek prompt medical attention so that they can be properly diagnosed and treated. It is common for victims of New Jersey car accidents to refuse medical attention because they do not want to pay for medical bills or believe that they are “doing fine.” This is often a serious mistake that can adversely affect them in the future.
The best way to ensure a quick and full recovery is to make sure that you receive accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. It is important to remember that not all NJ car crash injuries have obvious symptoms. A concussion, for example, is a form of traumatic brain injury that may manifest itself as only a lingering headache. Over the coming days, the headache may become worse and other symptoms such as nausea, confusion, dizziness, and agitation may begin to grow. The same is true for whiplash injuries. A sore neck after the crash may become a debilitating neck injury that requires rest, physical therapy, or even surgery.
Promptly receiving medical treatment is also important from the point of view of creating a record. If you choose to file a claim against the at-fault driver later, you will have to prove all of the losses that you have suffered. If your injuries worsen as a result of your failure to see a doctor right away, the defendant may try to argue that you caused your own condition to worsen by not getting prompt treatment. In addition to seeing a doctor, you should also make a list of the number of doctor visits and expenses you have incurred, including treatment, medication, transportation, and medical equipment.
The experienced auto accident injury attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have helped numerous victims and their families seek and obtain fair compensation for their losses. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.