When you’re injured in a car crash, you may feel as if your world has turned upside-down. The plans you had for the day have been ruined. You have a damaged vehicle to deal with. Other drivers involved in the crash or passengers in your own vehicle may also be injured, or they may blame you for the accident. Insurance companies and police reports demand your attention.
While everything feels urgent, there’s one thing you should move directly to the top of your list: seeking medical attention. Here’s why.
You may not know how badly you’ve been injured
The shock of an auto accident often conceals the extent of one’s injuries. Certain common car accident injuries, like neck strain or “whiplash,” may not be obvious for a few hours or days after the crash. When you see a doctor immediately, you can better understand exactly how, where, and how badly you’ve been hurt, which can put you on track for better treatment and recovery.
Prompt treatment helps speed healing
As your doctor may tell you, the sooner you receive medical care for an injury, the faster and more thoroughly it can heal. Leaving an injury to sit untreated for hours or days can make the damage worse or introduce complications that make your injury more difficult and dangerous to treat. You may also suffer additional pain, loss of mobility, or other symptoms that you won’t have to experience if you get proper medical care.
Having a record helps make your case for compensation
When a car crash is caused by a negligent driver or other party, you may have a claim for compensation. You may also have a claim for a settlement from your insurance company or another driver’s insurance company. Getting immediate medical care creates medical records that serve as essential evidence in proving just how badly you were injured—which directly affects the compensation you can receive for the harm you have suffered.
At Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza, our experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers fight to protect every client we represent. To learn more about how we can help you after a crash, contact us today for a confidential case evaluation.