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Recovery After a Personal Injury

Posted on in Personal Injury

personal injury recovery, San Jose personal injury attorney, medical expense compensation, personal injury settlement, broken bonesIf you have suffered a personal injury as the result of a car crash, a slip and fall, or other type of accident, you are probably eager to put the whole incident behind you and move on with your life. In this situation, an early settlement offer from an insurance company can seem like the perfect opportunity to get compensation for your medical expenses and other costs you have incurred. Unfortunately, insurers use this time when you are most vulnerable and not completely healed from your injuries to offer you settlement amounts that are often far less than what you will eventually need or are entitled to.

Allowing Yourself the Time to Heal

Not all personal injuries are easy to diagnose, and it can be difficult to determine any potential long term damages or impairments they can cause. Often times, it takes extensive diagnostic testing, along with time for various symptoms to reveal the extent of the damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people suffer personal injuries serious enough to require emergency hospital care each year.

Common types of these injuries include:

  • Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Severe cuts and lacerations;
  • Broken bones and hairline fractures;
  • Back and neck injuries, such as whiplash and slipped discs; and
  • Head injuries, including concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

With any of the above, even an otherwise minor accident can leave you facing months of recuperation time. This often requires you to refrain from usual activities and household tasks, along with taking time from your job. In general, it can take six months or more to get an idea of any lasting impacts your injuries are likely to have on your health. This is one of several reasons why the California Courts give personal injury victims up to two years from the date of the injury to file a claim.

The Path to Recovery

Pain Science reports that while getting rest during recovery from a personal injury is crucial to healing, this does not mean remaining in bed or keeping your feet up the entire time. While you may be unable to work or perform certain tasks on your job or at home, to ensure a complete recovery, the following are often required:

  • Physical exercise, which may include working with a therapist or trainer and engaging in moderate activities, such as swimming or stretching;
  • Cognitive therapy and behavior modification, which teach you ways to adapt your lifestyle to limitations caused by your injury; and
  • Chiropractic care, and alternative therapies, such as massage and acupuncture.

As all of these ongoing therapies and treatments run up your medical costs, while resulting in lost income, it is easy to see why accepting an early settlement can cost you money in the long run. Before signing any documents or making statements to your insurer, call or contact Jachimowicz Law Group and request a consultation with our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys. We act as a strong advocate on your behalf, to help ensure your rights are protected.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm

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