Being injured in an accident that is not your fault is stressful. You are not only dealing with the physical pain of being injured — you are also dealing with the stress of worrying about how you will pay your medical bills and other expenses while you recover from your injuries. In addition, it can be very frustrating when you have difficulty understanding all the medical terms being thrown at you by doctors, physical therapists, surgeons, and other medical professionals.
It can help relieve some of your stress and frustration if you are familiar with the medical terms used in accident cases. Below are several medical terms we see in many of the accident claims we handle for clients throughout Louisville, Lexington, and the surrounding areas.
Common Medical Terms In Accident Cases
Herniated Discs – A spinal cord injury that is common in falls and automobile accidents. The discs in the spine act like shock absorbers that cushion the vertebrae (bones) in your spine. When the discs are injured in an accident, they can slip or rupture resulting in a herniated disc.
Diagnosis – The identification of your condition or illness by a doctor after he reviews your symptoms and performs and examination and medical tests.
Prognosis – Predicting the outcome or course of your condition or injury based on your symptoms and the severity of your injury or condition. A prognosis includes an estimate of your chances of recovery, including whether you may suffer a permanent disability.
Asymptomatic – A condition where you are injured but you are not experiencing the symptoms that are typically associated with your condition or injury.
Treatment – This can refer to a variety of medical procedures, medications, or applications used to relieve your pain, symptoms, injury, or condition.
Concussion – A brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Many concussions result in temporary symptoms, but some concussions may result in long-term conditions. Symptoms include headaches, loss of consciousness, confusion, vomiting, slurred speech, impaired vision, dizziness, and nausea.
Closed Head Injury – A brain injury that occurs when the head is jerked in a violent motion or is struck by an object. The skull is not penetrated; however, the impact or motion causes the brain to move within the skull causing bleeding, swelling, and damage to brain tissue.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – TBIs are common in falls and motor vehicle accidents. The brain suffers an injury from an external force that causes permanent or temporary impairment of your cognitive, physical, or psychosocial functions. You may lose consciousness; however, you do not need to be unconscious to suffer a TBI.
Paralysis – The loss of sensation or movement in one or more areas of your body. For example, one or both legs or one side of your body. Paralysis can be complete, meaning you cannot feel or move the area of the body affected by the paralysis. You can also experience partial paralysis where you have some sensation in the areas affected by the paralysis.
Internal Organ Injury – Injury to the internal organs, including bleeding and punctures. Injuries to internal organs may not be immediately identifiable; however, they can be deadly. An internal organ injury is a prime example of why you always need to be checked by a physician after an accident.
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is a form of medical treatment used to improve or restore mobility and physical functions after an injury. Physical therapy may include exercise, massage, and temperature (hot or cold) treatments.
Soft Tissue Injury – Stretches, tears, bruises, or other injury to the tendons, muscles, or ligaments. Soft tissue injuries may also be referred to as a strain or sprain. Soft tissue injuries can result in reduced mobility and chronic pain.
Contact A Lexington Accident Attorney For Help
If you are injured in an accident, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, a physician should check you. You should also contact a Lexington accident attorney to discuss your legal options regarding recovering compensation for your damages. Kentucky personal injury laws allow you to file an accident claim against the person who caused your accident.