If you or someone you love has suffered an Overlooked Injuries due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else, taking rational decisions may turn out to be challenging.
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All too often, people suffer overlooked or misdiagnosed personal injuries. Emergency room personnel deal with the most extreme cases of personal injury. Sometimes other, less common personal injuries are not noticed. Indeed, injuries are wrongly attributed to other causes or misdiagnosed.
Patients are sometimes their own worst enemy when it comes to injuries. Many soft tissue injuries have vague symptoms. Others start out with minor aches and pains that seem like they will go away on their own. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to go see a doctor after an accident. Even if you feel like you’re perfectly fine.
Knowing the long-term symptoms and issues of your injuries is very important. For you, this means you can plan your life and return to a routine. For a lawyer, they will have a basis to estimate damages in a case. An experienced personal injury attorney is familiar with these types of personal injuries. In addition, an attorney will help you understand your legal rights. More importantly, an attorney can help you get the medical attention you need.
Overlooked personal injuries include:
Soft Tissue Injuries
Injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons may seem minor at first. But, as time progresses, these injuries can become much worse. Left untreated, some of these soft tissue injuries never heal properly. Moreover, injuries like these cause lifelong pain and inconvenience. Also, other more deadly conditions like gangrene may occur.
Emotional and Psychological Damage
Accidents can also cause emotional and psychological damage. For instance, many people in car wrecks abstain from driving. This could affect their ability to work and their quality of life.
In fact, studies suggest that one-third of people experience post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident. Others report persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias.
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The worst car accidents can cause internal injuries. Internal organs like kidneys, lungs, spleen or the liver can get bruised and torn. Sometimes, fractured ribs will puncture the lungs or other organs. If the injury doesn’t need surgery, then bed rest is the usual treatment.
Roughly 1 out of 4 hernias result from blunt force trauma. Of those cases, 70% of them are from impacting with a seat belt. This type of hernia is rare, but occasionally happens to car accident victims. It is easily missed because it is an uncommon site for a hernia and wrongly associated with back pain. Source: The British Institute of Radiology
Concussions aren’t unusual injuries to have after a car accident. But they are sometimes challenging to diagnose. The symptoms vary widely and are easy to attribute to other types of injuries. To make matters worse, concussion symptoms don’t always show up right away. Typical symptoms include confusion, memory loss, light sensitivity, and ringing in the ears.
Injuries to the Shoulder
Car accidents can do a number on your shoulders, too. Soft tissue damage happens frequently. Ligaments and muscles get the brunt of impact force in a crash. Torn rotator cuffs, fractures, sprains, and bruises are all common occurrences. As with other overlooked injuries, shoulder injuries may start out as minor complaints and grow progressively worse with time.
Due to the way people sit in cars, knees are vulnerable to injuries. This is often due to knees hitting the dashboard or from people bracing for impact. Like other types of car accident injuries, many accident victims assume pain and bruising around the knee is minor. Especially if they’re still mobile and there aren’t any major injuries. The knee is key joint and an untreated injury could cause ears of chronic pain and mobility problems.
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