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Car accidents: Not all injuries are immediately evident

In New Jersey and across the country, people are suffering the consequences of untreated injuries. Often, car accidents that seem insignificant leave vehicle occupants with injuries that also seem insignificant. However, some injuries can remain hidden for weeks or months, and by that time, they are often not linked to the fender bender or other collision. This means that the damages might not be recoverable in a civil lawsuit because the person declined a trip to the hospital for medical evaluation immediately after the accident.

Along with whiplash, which affects the shoulders and upper back area, harm could be done to the lower and mid back area. The force or sudden jolt of the impact can cause muscle injuries, which might cause short-term discomfort and pain. However, if the spine or the surrounding tissues are damaged, chronic back pain could result.

If such damage is not diagnosed and treated, it could adversely affect the injured person's quality of life. It might even hamper his or her ability to earn an income. Ultrasound imaging, X-rays, CT, or MRI scans done immediately or soon after the crash can help to diagnose a particular problem and devise a treatment to avoid long-term pain and discomfort.

Victims of car accidents that were caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party might have grounds to pursue claims for financial relief through the civil justice system. Getting a medical examination done soon after the crash and keeping doctors' bills and medical reports can provide documented evidence to substantiate claims for damage recovery. An experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney can provide valuable support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal proceedings.

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