Personal Injuries: Understanding the Bigger Picture

Jay Stillman

2 min read
Photo Credit: USMC, Cpl. Chelsea Anderson [Public Domain]
Photo Credit: USMC, Cpl. Chelsea Anderson [Public Domain]

As your attorneys, we at Stillman and Friedland will fight to get you the best settlement possible for your injuries.  Whether you are injured in a vehicular accident, slip and fall outside your home, suffer a dog bite or incur a disabling injury at work, it’s important to think ahead.  That’s what your lawyer can do for you because we know the long-term possible consequences of injury.

If you have been injured in a car or truck accident, your immediate injuries may be cuts, scrapes, and bruises.  You will also have pain, which improves over time.  On the other hand, there may be additional problems that only become apparent later, and which may not resolve over time.  These include neck and back problems, obsessive or recurring thoughts and dreams in which you relive the accident, headaches, or even cognitive problems due to a concussion.  In fact, according to

Signs and symptoms of a mild brain injury, or concussion, can show up right after the injury, or they may not appear until days or even weeks afterward.”

Another concern is compartment injury, which may have severe consequences.  The site describes CI as follows:

“Compartment syndrome describes increased pressure within a muscle compartment of the arm or leg. It is most often due to injury that causes bleeding in a muscle, which then causes increased pressure in the muscle. This pressure increase causes nerve damage due to decreased blood supply.”

Something else to consider is the effect of the injury on pre-existing conditions. These include back issues, diabetes, circulatory problems, heart problems, and so forth.  There is also the possibility of developing post-traumatic fibromyalgia, which we covered previously in this blog.

In some cases, depression and anxiety from loss of physical function or an altered appearance may require long-term mental health care.  This is something which can only be evaluated later, not in the immediate aftermath of the trauma.

That’s why we never rush to a settlement — quick cash for immediate problems can mean you have settled your case before you even realize the full extent of your injuries.

At Stillman and Friedland, our job is to help you look ahead to recovery and to anticipate your future needs.

We are always here to help you.