New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
When Minor Injuries Becomes Major
Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in Personal Injury
Injury attorneys representing clients need to examine many different aspects of complex and difficult cases. They need to understand processes related to the medical industry, details about human anatomy and health and rules about public safety.
In addition to having a thorough understanding of federal, state and local law, these skilled attorneys need to understand many things about how the average accident happens, how the average injury results and how it is dealt with by various parties and stakeholders. The attorneys at the New York City catastrophic injury firm of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff and Wolff are experienced in handling such cases — let us help you.
The Hidden Trajectory of an Injury
Too many injuries are not evident directly after an accident. It’s not as simple as “x” happened, then “y” and “z.” It’s a much more complex path from causation to result.
Oftentimes, an initial trauma in an accident creates a kind of hidden potential for chronic conditions. The body takes on the trauma, which can initiate inflammation. It may take days, weeks or months for full evidence of injuries to manifest.
During that time, the injury victim is engaged in day-to-day life. He or she is, in some ways, muddying the chain of evidence. Details about symptoms can get lost in the mix. It becomes harder and harder to point to the specific accident when conditions arise later.
Consider a Back Sprain
One common example is a back sprain from a minor accident. At the time, everyone walks away happy that the accident wasn’t worse. But under the surface, damage that has occurred is having an impact on the structural integrity of bones, joints and muscles and on the central spinal column that is a troublesome part of the body for so many adults.
As we age, our spines become less able to handle the usual wear and tear, and additional trauma from an accident, even slight, can shift that balance even further toward chronic health conditions. In many cases, there are serious medical emergencies down the line, such as herniated discs that will require surgery.
How do we, as humans, make sense of these kinds of hidden trauma and their results? How do we figure out what’s fair and how to look out for ourselves?
Hire a New York City Catastrophic Injury Law Firm Today
Professional injury lawyers have a responsibility to pursue these complex issues on the behalf of clients who may need significant help to resolve eventual medical conditions. Experienced attorneys know how to best pursue a personal injury case and collect compensation so that when medical care is needed, the injury victim can afford it.
Those who have been harmed in an accident, even in ways that may not seem “major” or “severe” at the time, rely on skilled legal counsel to help them look at their options under the law, to document and support a case and to help keep them informed as their case makes its way through the legal system.
If you or someone in your family has suffered an injury in the New York City area, call the experienced injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. We have experience helping residents collect settlements for the costs of care and recovery.