Holiday Travel – What You Need to Know

By Dr. Alejandro Blanco

Holiday TravelAccidents can happen anytime, but during the holidays, they are even more prevalent. With people hustling and rushing to shop, events and cocktail hours, accidents are inevitable.

Time Matters
Accident victims have only 14 days from the time of an accident to see a doctor if you want insurance to cover your medical fees. Internal Medicine Partners of Naples can help walk you through the process and get you a detailed report of your medical condition.

Car accidents can cause a variety of serious personal injuries and even death. Most people hurt in a car crash suffer impact injuries, from slamming around inside the vehicle upon collision. Some are even injured by being hit by unsecured articles & cargo that become airborne in a crash.

After most minor accidents, you might feel fine, but these symptoms should not be ignored:
• Headaches
• TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
• Lethargy
• Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Broken Bones
• Numbness
• Dizziness
• Cervicalgia

A common condition related to vehicular accident is unfortunately, Traumatic Brain Injury
Persons involved in automobile accidents may have hit their head on the steering wheel. When the head hits an object, it comes to a direct stop, but your brain continues momentum and strikes against your skull. When your brain bluntly hits against the skull bones, it most likely will be bruised or possibly produce bleeding disorders.

In any brain injury accident scenario, you can think of your head and brain as a raw egg. If the egg is thrown into a wall, the shell hits, and fractures, while the raw egg inside sloshes forward causing significant damage. If your brain injury is caused by a vehicular accident, some laws need to be reviewed about the vehicle’s crashworthiness, which tests its crash capabilities for safety. If you were involved in any act of violence, sports injury, or any other trauma to the head that took place, there are also specific laws to coincide with each of the related traumatic experiences.

An MRI or CT scan should have been performed on you after your trauma to detail the initial specific amount of damage your brain endured. More medical testing may be needed to evaluate your overall condition.

Essential Steps to Take
• Get medical attention
• Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney
• Keep a record of your injuries
• Write down and date any new symptoms (radiating pain, sleep disturbances, hearing loss)
• Update your physician in writing with every new symptom that you endure

If you’ve been in an accident, getting medical treatment is crucial
Even if you don’t have symptoms, getting a thorough diagnosis via physical examination, diagnostic testing and imaging, medical treatment and follow up are all critical to your wellbeing, and essential if you plan on pursuing legal damages.

Whether you show symptoms of injury or not, it’s imperative to have a check-up to rule out possible long-term effects.

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Dr. Alejandro Blanco is accepting new patients. Please call (239) 596-8804 to schedule your appointment.

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