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Seven frequent types of delayed symptoms after an accident

Everyone responds differently to an automobile accident. In New York and across the country, car accidents frequently disorient and distract accident victims. With so much swirling inside their head, many accident victims don't immediately notice that they have sustained an injury. Other symptoms aren't immediately noticeable. In fact, there are several major types of common symptoms that may not manifest immediately.

Headaches frequently develop within a few days of an accident. These headaches can be related to more serious medical conditions including a blood clot or neck trauma.

What should you do after a car accident in New York?

Experiencing a car accident can be traumatic. In the immediate aftermath, it can be hard to know what to do.

Nevertheless, the steps you take after the crash can have a strong impact on any future lawsuit you may need to undertake in order to cover resulting damages.

More companies offering second opinion services to employees

More companies in New York and across the U.S. are offering second opinion services to their employees. These services cut down on misdiagnoses and reduce overall healthcare costs. According to data from the National Business Group on Health, 66 percent of companies now have second opinion services on their employee health care plans. In 2017, that number was only 47 percent.

Many people think that second opinions are only recommended for serious health conditions, such as cancer, but they can be helpful for any type of health condition. For instance, a 2010 Gallup poll showed that 70 percent of U.S. patients trusted their primary care physician's diagnosis, but medical experts say that up to one-third of all medical diagnoses are wrong. This is backed up by a Mayo Clinic study that found that 88 percent of patients who sought a second opinion at the clinic received a different or altered diagnosis.

When should I file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Losing a loved one due to the intentional or negligent behavior of someone else is a traumatic experience for any family. There are a lot of emotions and sudden plans to make, all of which can be overwhelming.

Nonetheless, it is important to know the timeline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party who caused your loved one's passing. Time is limited in these cases, so getting started right away is crucial.

What constitutes soft tissue injury

For New York drivers hurt in an accident, it is easy to point visible evidence of certain types of injuries. For example, it's not difficult for an individual to provide proof of a broken arm or lacerated forehead. However, many injuries from vehicle accidents don't have any visible symptoms. Soft tissue injuries frequently result from vehicle accidents and include sprains, strains and muscle soreness.

The sudden change in the direction that a human body experiences during a vehicle accident can be a significant cause of soft tissue injury. These collisions rapidly strain and sprain muscles and ligaments. These injuries often worsen when a person braces for impact, which tightens muscles and reduces their elasticity. The sudden stretching and twisting that muscles and tendons endure in a collision can lead to pain, stiffness, and a loss of mobility. Inflammation in soft tissue could linger for days or weeks, leading to widespread and long-term pain and discomfort.

When a headache is more than a headache

After a car accident, drivers and passengers often feel immediate points of pain, which are easy to diagnose and treat. However, not every accident injury is so uncomplicated.

When it comes to whiplash or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), symptoms often do not prevent themselves right away, and they aren't always obvious. What may start as a headache a few days after the accident could turn into something more serious.

The safest cars of 2018

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the safest vehicles on the market every year. For 2018, there are three SUVs and twelve cars that meet the rigorous standards of the IIHS. The safest vehicles range from small, affordable cars to luxury sedans. 

All of the cars on the list are distinct from other models in terms of safety and crash protection. If you are looking for a new car to keep you as safe as possible in the event of an accident, you should take a look at the lists below.

Birth complications rising in the U.S.

Some may expect for the U.S. to be a leader in infant care, and as a result a strong country for maternal care. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case.

While it is true that the infant mortality rate has dropped over the past decade, birth mothers in the U.S. are often subjected to care that is dangerous and life-threatening.

Reducing the number of cellulitis misdiagnoses

New York residents who have suffered from cellulitis probably know that the condition is hard to diagnose correctly. Many patients can be diagnosed with a similar condition called pseudocellulitis, so called because the symptoms (red, warm, swollen, tender skin) are almost exactly the same. This can be a critical mistake because cellulitis, being a bacterial infection, can spread to the blood vessels and cause a blood infection.

However, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have published a new study suggesting that there is a way to reduce the number of misdiagnoses: early intervention on the part of dermatologists. Researchers set up 165 patients in the hospital's emergency department observation unit for a consultation with a dermatologist. Previously, these patients had been diagnosed with presumptive cellulitis and given antibiotics. The dermatologists, however, found that one-third of the patients really had pseudocellulitis.

Bile duct injuries: the cause and their symptoms

In New York and elsewhere, surgical errors are all too common. In gallbladder surgery, for instance, the surgeon may traumatize the bile duct, causing it to form scars and become narrower. This condition is known as a bile duct stricture. When bile is prevented from draining into the intestine, it can back up into the liver and leak into the abdominal cavity. The result is obstructive jaundice.

Symptoms may appear not long after surgery, or they may take several weeks or months to manifest. They include not only jaundice but also nausea, vomiting, persistent pain and discomfort and fever. Delayed symptoms usually center on jaundice, and an early onset of symptoms is normally related to bile leakage.

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