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.