If you are involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is call the police, and they will likely call medical attention to the scene on your behalf. It is pivotal that you seek this medical care immediately, and to even go to the hospital independently after the accident. This will not only heal you physically but also financially if you subsequently receive hefty medical bills. Read on to see how a seasoned Morris County personal injury attorney at Lutz Injury Law can help you with obtaining the correct medical care and records for your claim.
Why is receiving medical attention necessary after my accident?
The state of New Jersey follows no-fault law. This means that medical coverage on your car insurance policy is provided through personal injury protection. However, to be reimbursed for the costs of your treatment due to your accident, the law requires specified medical treatment and testing to be done.
How does receiving medical attention support my personal injury claim?
Receiving medical attention after an accident is necessary to determine what your injuries are and what your treatment plan should be. Aside from this, it helps build up a successful personal injury case. The following are some of the benefits of receiving immediate medical attention after your accident:
- Satisfying the burden of proof: for a personal injury claim, you are required to collect evidence that will back up every statement that you make about the other party’s negligence. Medical documentation is an essential piece of evidence.
- Establishing causation: the longer you wait, the harder it is to prove that the accident was the direct cause of your injuries. This will invite the jury, judge, and the other party’s insurance company to question the seriousness of your injuries.
- Maximizing your settlement offer: if you do not seek medical attention, you do not know the full extent of your injuries and what your future medical costs will be. In turn, you may accept a settlement that does not cover all of your expenses. And once you accept a settlement, you cannot go back and ask for more.
- Filing within the statute of limitations: if you delay medical attention, you may indirectly delay filing your personal injury claim. Pushing this passed New Jersey’s statute of limitations of two years from the date of your accident will bar you from suing. With this, it is essential that you contact a knowledgeable Morris County personal injury attorney today.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. Contact Lutz Injury Law today.