Are you experiencing pain or discomfort?
You should get evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible after an car accident to help you get better and to help you pay for up to $250,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits.  These benefits are part of New Jersey 'No-Fault' laws.  This means you are entitled to benefits regardless of who is at fault.  These benefits pay for ambulance, hospital, prescriptions, your lost time from work and your medical treatment.

What is the Goal for Immediate Medical Attention After a Car Accident?

Not every car accident produces an injury at the scene of accident.  It is not uncommon for accident victims to leave the scene of the accident feeling that they were uninjured and then wake up the next day or two days later with extreme soreness, tightness or muscle spasm.

A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery stated that “…an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident is nearly 7-times more likely to suffer neck degeneration within 7-years of the accident…” than individuals that have not been involved in an auto accident.

The goal of immediate medical care is to return the injured to complete, healthy function thereby reducing this increased risk of long term pain.  So, if you or your friend or family members are injured in a car accident, it is important that the accident victim seek an evaluation for a possible injury immediately.  The consequences of later-discovered injury could have life-changing impact especially if there is no PIP insurance benefits to provide treatment for the automobile-accident caused shoulder injury.

While injuries from car wrecks vary in severity, there are several well-documented common car accident injuries.  Some of these injuries are relatively minor and will heal on their own in a few days or weeks.   Others may result in permanent damage and disability. 

Neck Injuries

Car accidents can result in neck injury ranging from mild whiplash and neck strain, to more serious like cervical dislocation and disc herniation.

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Back Injuries

The most common form of injury in a car accident is to the lower back. This includes sprains and strains, herniated discs and fractured vertebrae. Back injury can cause long lasting pain and discomfort. These injuries can cause pain and limit mobility. Often, the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take a while to appear after an accident.

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Head Injuries

One of the most common injury suffered by drivers and passengers is an acquired brain injury caused by the head being hit or hitting an object violently (called a traumatic brain injury).

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Shoulder Injuries

A car accident can result in a shoulder injury. This type of injury is generally caused by the seatbelt locking in during the automobile crash.

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Knee Injuries

Injuries that are caused by an auto accident can be frustrating and impact your normal life.

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Jaw Injuries

Common jaw injuries include a broken jaw and jaw dislocation.

Teeth Injuries

Car accidents and injuries to the teeth and mouth often affect the front teeth and can also damage the tongue, lips and cheeks.

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Arms Injuries

Injuries to the arm and elbow are among the most common injuries after a car accident.

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Leg Injuries

As a result of a car accident, a victim could suffer a broken leg, a broken ankle and/or a broken foot.

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Facial Injuries, Cuts & Scrapes

Injuries to the face are common in a car accident. These can be caused by the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass.

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Internal Injuries

As a result of a vehicle accident, the victims could suffer internal injuries including, injuries to bowels, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart or any of the internal systems. Fractured ribs are also common, causing punctured lungs and other damages to internal organs. Internal injuries are life threatening and should be treated by a medical professionals immediately.

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Psychological Injuries

Auto accidents involving severe injuries and even loss of life, can result in drivers and passengers suffering short or long-term psychological injuries. These are classified as emotional stress, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), persistent anxiety and depression. These psychological injuries as a result of an accident can impact every aspect of the victim's life.

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