There is not any given timeframe, in my mind, to consult an attorney after a car accident, but you should meet with a lawyer as soon as you can.
The most important thing is that you get the proper medical care because your health and recovery are paramount. The moment your health condition is stable, you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney regarding what steps to take next.
Not every accident turns into a case, but it never hurts to consult with an attorney to understand your rights and the best way to go about protecting your rights if you have a claim.
Many seasoned New Jersey car accident attorneys can guide you towards the best medical care. Attorneys, like us, deal with doctors and specialists everyday. We know a lot about medicine because of the nature of our law practice and have insight into conditions you might be suffering from, and doctors who may be able to help you.