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Injuries Often Overlooked In Personal Injury And Medical Malpractice Cases

Failure to diagnose any condition can lead to serious problems. However, there are some conditions that are overlooked more frequently than others. In some cases, people suffer for years with injuries or dangerous medical conditions of which they are not aware. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you. If it has already happened, there are steps you can take to ensure that you receive a full measure of the damages for your injury.

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An example of an injury that doctors commonly miss is the closed head injury. It is well documented that most persons who suffer loss of consciousness following the trauma of an auto collision are not aware of it. Police officers will typically ask if you suffered a loss of consciousness during their investigation of a car accident. Your may have suffered such a loss and still report none to the investigating officer as well as the triage nurse at the emergency room where you get examined following the collision. Reporting no loss of consciousness to an officer

The emergency physician may not for test you for a head injury relying upon your report of no loss of consciousness. As a result, you may spend years living with a life altering injury.

You may have suffered a traumatic brain injury if you ever hit your head as a result of a fall, car crash, or other type of activity and just "did not feel right" afterwards- even if after a few days, you returned to your normal activities, but continued to experience headaches, sensitivity to noise, or difficulty concentrating and remembering things.

I have often identified clients who suffered symptoms consistent with traumatic brain injury following an auto collision. I see that these clients get the specialized medical care needed to speed recovery and prevent against any further injury.

Another example of injuries often overlooked includes arm and chest pain that should lead to a full workup to determine whether the patient is on the verge of a cardiac event.

Steps To Protect Yourself And Your Family

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself or a family member in a medical emergency is to never appear alone in the emergency room. When you are in pain, you do not always register everything that is going on around you. Have a close friend or family member be with you to ask questions and act as a second set of eyes and ears. It's important that the person who accompanies you to the hospital is someone who can speak up for you to doctors and advocate for your care.

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