Personal injuries require immediate and appropriate medical treatment, frequently by neurologists, orthopedists, radiologists and pain-management physicians. But there are a myriad of other specialists whose work on personal injury liens can help a patient recover to the fullest extent possible. Here is a sampling of the medical specialists who may prove crucial in treating your personal injury clients:
The position of the nose makes the bones, cartilage and soft tissue vulnerable to external injuries and, in fact, it’s the site of the most common type of facial fracture. While trauma to the nose can result in superficial bleeding, bruising and swelling, a fracture may go undetected — and untreated — at the time of injury. A careful examination is important for anyone who sustains nasal trauma due to the possibility of a fracture or blood clots. Physical deformity, infections and obstructed breathing are potential complications of nasal trauma. This is why an otolaryngologist, commonly referred to as an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT), can make all the difference in a patient’s recovery.
An ENT can detect and treat damage to the superficial blood vessels or the cartilage lining the sinuses. Nasal trauma can be life-threatening if not addressed immediately, due to obstructed or compromised airways, difficulty breathing or a hemorrhage. Even in situations where a patient’s life isn’t in immediate danger, ENTs are essential to helping patients literally breathe easier following a traumatic accident.
Similar to the relative fragility of the nose, teeth are also prone to severe injury in an accident. Traumatic dental trauma is a common ailment in many personal injury cases and can come in many forms, including concussion, subluxation and dislocation of teeth, and fracture of teeth and maxillofacial bone, in addition to soft-tissue injury that may cause ecchymosis, hematoma and laceration or abrasion. Dental providers must determine the presence of orofacial injury and diagnose and treat dental trauma by a dentist or an endodontist immediately.
Dentists working on liens evaluate patients to determine the impact an injury has had on their head, face, jaws, mouth, and teeth, as well as any dysfunction, including limited jaw movement or noises in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ).
The reflection we see in the mirror is vital to our identity and sense of self. It shapes how we feel about ourselves, how we interact with the world and how at home we are in our bodies. When that appearance is altered, it produces a condition known as dysphoria, which is typically defined as a deep and debilitating discomfort with one’s own appearance.
A patient whose physical appearance is permanently changed by an accident may feel like their identity has been altered, as well. They may experience anxiety, fear, frustration, helplessness or rage — feelings that exacerbate the emotional toll resulting from the accident itself.
A skilled plastic surgeon, especially one who has worked extensively in the field of reconstructive surgery, can help a patient restore a sense of self and regain control over their lives.
Psychology and Neuropsychology
Experiencing a personal injury or accident is, by its very nature, traumatic. Regardless of the extent of their physical pain, a patient’s quality of life can be severely hampered by psychological or cognitive trauma or distress.
These types of traumas and injuries can result from any number of accidents or assaults — even in cases where the patient escaped physical harm. Shock and distress are not psychiatric disorders on their own, but they are often symptoms of other conditions patients experience as a direct result of many personal injury claims, including anxiety, depression, dissociation, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis and sleep disturbance. Other conditions, such as brain injuries, or impaired memory, sensory-motor or cognitive functioning, can have lasting effects on patients’ lives and can often warrant compensation when these cases go to court.
While there is no “one-size-fits-all” method for determining the cause or compensation level of patients’ disabilities, there are many clinical and evidence-based evaluations the court will consider. A thorough psychological or neuropsychological evaluation conducted by a licensed professional can help validate strong personal injury claims via reliable clinical data.
During the course of personal injury cases, some pharmacies will work on liens to fulfill the client’s needs with the prescribed medication. In this way, the pharmacy acts as a liaison between the doctor and the attorney and also ensures that the prescriptions are delivered to the client without delay. This enables the doctor to treat the patient quickly, as well as provide relief for the injured party who otherwise would not have access.
No matter the type of injuries your client may be facing, Power Liens has amazing doctors and physicians all working on liens to help ensure they get the care they need and deserve. Check out some of our specialized and talented providers below:
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