Why You Should Seek Medical Attention Immediately After an Accident

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There are numerous steps you should take after an injury occurs. However, one of the most important and often overlooked steps is to seek medical attention right away. Read on to learn more about the importance of seeking medical treatment after an injury.

What should I do immediately after an accident?

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, it is important to call 911. Many people want to avoid getting the police involved, but the police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, ensure that the scene is safe, and more. Additionally, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. You can go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility.

What is the importance of seeking medical attention after an injury?

Seeking medical attention can benefit you in numerous ways:

  • Ensure your injuries receive proper treatment
    • Some people attempt to skip the doctor because they believe they have not been seriously injured or that they can just recover at home. This is dangerous, as it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it or an injury that does not develop symptoms for a few days or even weeks. Failing to properly treat injuries can lead to numerous issues down the line, hinder your healing, exacerbate preexisting conditions, and more.
  • Provide proof for a personal injury case
    • In addition to seeking medical attention for your own health and safety, it can also play a large role in a personal injury case. This is because medical documents can help prove the origin and extent of your injuries. It is important to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
  • Insurance may require medical care
    • Some insurance companies may require that you seek medical care in order to provide you with any compensation.

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

If you wish to take legal action for an injury, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean forfeiting your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have any questions or concerns about seeking medical attention after an injury, our firm is here to help.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or contact us online.