Acute Injury Representation
Acute injury is an injury condition that is of a “sudden” or “rapid” onset nature. Common acute injury examples include cuts, strains, sprains, broken bones, etc. This is opposed to “chronic” injury, which is long lasting like diabetes, hepatitis, epilepsy, dementia, and PTSD.
Acute injuries are synonymous with the sports industry. However, they can also occur outside athletics and sports settings. Sometimes, people are not aware that an acute injury can warrant compensation claims. More so, if the cause of the injury is due to negligence or you are not at fault. Moreover, acute injuries are not that hard to notice and seek medical attention to diagnose and document.
Acute Injury Causes and Determination
Typically, an injury is considered acute when it has just recently occurred. Most acute injuries speak for themselves and often need common sense to elucidate it further. For instance, if you’re in a car accident, or hit your head against the wall or floor, and an injury results from them, it is quite clear what caused that injury. Broken bones, back and neck injuries, are also easy to confirm that they are a result of some traumatic event.
Some acute injuries do not clearly show or lack a defined “cause”. This may be difficult when an insurance adjuster is trying to assess your claim and may create doubt to escape compensating you. Bear in mind that the insurance adjuster doesn’t ensure you are fully compensated. The aim of the insurance company is always business and will treat this as a business attraction, where they stand to profit. Moreover, with all injury cases, you must negotiate from the point of strength, ensure you are able to back up your claim to a fair and reasonable compensation.
Injuries that don’t “spell out”
Some acute injuries don’t “speak” for themselves and are more difficult to establish without medical opinion and evidence. Such examples include brain injuries, where in most cases the patient looks normal and even may look healthy from a juror’s perspective. However, these damages are serious and may cause extensive damage to the patient. Therefore, medical experts are usually called in to assess and provide evidence on the nature of the acute damage and medical procedures. This helps verify there is indeed severity and a brain injury.
Slow Developing Injury
Slow developing injuries are usually acute injuries masked by more painful, but less serious injuries. For instance, in an accident, you may break your arm and experience severe pain in the subsequent weeks. However, once the arm heals, you start experiencing neck and back pains. These new pains were unnoticeable in the first time since the pain in your arm was clouding the latter pains. It is often prudent to have a whole body checkup in case of an accident to rule out such instances that may directly affect your compensation claims. Slow developing injuries have the potential of being more dangerous than the primary injuries and may end up costing you more in terms of medical finances and physical ability.
Quite often the insurance company will deny you compensation on the grounds you’re your latter injuries are not a result of the primary cause and conclude that this new neck and back injuries were either pre-existing or happened after the accident.
Acute Injury Compensation Claims
Most people put too much faith in their insurance companies. They often think the insurance company exists to look after their customers. But alas! These are business, all businesses are after their own interest, which definitely is to make a profit. People need to come to terms with this and seek out services of a legal adviser.
For example, after an accident, the insurance company will try as much as possible against issuing benefits accredited to you. A legal representative will take the fight to them in addition to helping you out.
If your injury is major, or the liability is unclear or credibility in dispute, or your case warranties compensation claims, then the most appropriate thing to do is to forward your case to a legal representative and discuss it. Your attorney would comfortably give you tips on how you can maximize on the settlement.
An attorney trained and experienced to investigate and assess acute injury facts and appropriately value your claim will be your best bet. An attorney guiding you through the legal process and acquiring your well-deserved compensation.