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What is the Time Frame for Visiting a Doctor after an Accident in NJ?

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2019 | Personal Injury |

If you have suffered injuries in an accident, it is essential that you seek follow-up medical treatment at a hospital or urgent care center as soon as possible. You should seek this treatment even if you don’t know if you’ve been injured – or the extent to which you might have been injured.

Once you have completed your medical treatment, an experienced Freehold, New Jersey personal injury lawyer could assemble a settlement demand package on your behalf and work to negotiate a favorable settlement of the injuries and damages you suffered in your accident.

Why is it Important to Seek Prompt Medical Treatment?

Seeking emergency medical treatment as soon as possible after your accident is essential to the ultimate success of any personal injury case that you ultimately file. Seeking immediate medical treatment – preferably on the same day as your accident – sends a signal to the insurance company that you are taking your treatment and injuries seriously. It also shows that you were likely injured in the accident, further helping to establish the necessary causal connection in your case.

From a practical standpoint, emergency medical treatment is necessary because an untreated (or belatedly treated) injury is only going to become worse as time goes on. During your initial medical treatment, the health care provider treating you can undertake the necessary imaging studies and can form an accurate medical diagnosis as to your post-accident medical condition.

Where should You Seek Your Initial Medical Treatment?

If you have been involved in an accident, you should seek emergency medical care at a hospital emergency room or local urgent care center. Moreover, as you are beginning your treatment, it is important that you follow up with your primary care doctor (if you have one) and that you follow all of his or her recommendations as you continue your medical treatment.

What should You do Following Your Initial Medical Treatment?

After you seek emergency follow-up care at a hospital or local urgent care center, you should follow through with all of your provider’s treatment recommendations, including attending physical therapy or following up with a medical specialist. By doing so, you indicate to the insurance company that you are taking your medical condition seriously and that you are working to recover (i.e., that you are not over-treating).

Significant gaps in medical treatment, along with missed medical appointments and physical therapy sessions, can have a negative impact on your personal injury case and could result in a lower settlement value for your case.

Call a Freehold, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have recently been involved in an accident that was not your fault and you suffered injuries, an experienced personal injury attorney at Lomurro Law could work to help you maximize your compensation. By treating early-on, you increase your chances of success and obtaining an attractive settlement offer from the at-fault party’s insurance company.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with an experienced Freehold personal injury attorney, please call us today at 732-482-9285 or contact us online for more information.