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Some personal injuries take longer to recover from than others. And the most severe personal injuries cause health problems that never fully heal. Here are some of the most common health challenges victims of personal injuries may have to overcome in the years following their accident.
When a person suffers a personal injury involving the head, concussion is a primary concern. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that happens when the head is suddenly banged or jolted back and forth. As the brain moves around inside the skull, tissue damage occurs. Initially, the victim may be dazed, confused, nauseous, have a headache, blurry vision, or possibly even lose consciousness.
Over the long term, some people who have suffered a concussion show a decrease in blood circulation to the brain. This causes brain shrinkage, learning and communication deficits, and permanent mood changes or emotional issues. Post–concussive syndrome is a serious health concern for people that have had more than one major impact to the head. Proactive medical care is crucial for people who have had multiple concussions to ensure the best outcome possible.
Neck injuries are another common type of personal injury. Neck injuries often occur as a result of a car accident, slip and fall accident, or any accident which causes an impact to a person’s head or neck. Neck injuries cause damage to the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the neck. These injuries are called cervical acceleration-deceleration injuries also known as “whiplash.”
The pain and discomfort of whiplash can last for days – or years, and can be difficult to treat. Whiplash symptoms include pain anywhere in the body from the jaw area down to the lower back, headaches, numbness or weakness in the extremities, and concentration and memory problems. A recent Danish study found that patients with the most severe cases of whiplash were still disabled a year later. With whiplash and all personal injuries, it is crucial that you seek medical attention immediately after an accident.
Personal injuries can often be traumatic for the victim, leaving lasting emotional effects beyond just the physical. People who have had especially distressing experiences can suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) PTSD sufferers experience debilitating anxiety, fear, and depression that interfere with their daily lives. People with PTSD have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, holding down a job, and enjoying the hobbies and activities they once found rewarding.
The emotional and health problems caused by a personal injury can last indefinitely. If your lawyer does not fight for the compensation you deserve, your long-term medical care may not be covered. Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at Folkman Law Offices, P.C. know precisely what is needed to prove tough personal injury cases, to give you the best resolution for your case possible. Call our Cherry Hill, New Jersey office at 856-354-9444 or contact us online. We also have offices in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania to serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.