It is extremely difficult to determine the severity of an injury sustained in an accident (automobile, slip and fall, work, or construction) at the onset. Surprisingly, many injuries that may initially seem serious, often turn out to be not as bad as first anticipated. Conversely, many injuries sustained by accident victims that appear mild at the beginning may turn out to be much more dire.
Dr. Jeff J. Mollins, Brooklyn’s premier accident specialist has been diagnosing, treating and documenting injuries sustained by patients involved in accidents for thirty years. When it comes to injuries sustained in accidents, Dr. Mollins strongly advises that the injured individual should always assume that the injury sustained is serious, especially if trauma is involved (like a slip and fall or a motor vehicle accident). Dr. Mollins suggests that when you sustain an injury due to an accident, to immediately go to urgent care or the emergency room (even if you think your injury is not that serious) and be evaluated by a competent physician to be sure you have not broken any bones or sustained a dire injury.
Although Dr. Mollins always recommends to get “checked out” immediately after sustaining injuries resulting from accidents (no matter how minor), the following is a guideline to go by of symptoms that should never be ignored and may mean that you have sustained a serious injury:
- Headache – This may indicate a concussion, whiplash, blood clot, or brain injury.
- Neck and Shoulder pain – This is a possible sign of whiplash and/or a spinal injury.
- Abdominal pain – This can indicate a possible sign of internal bleeding.
- Back pain – This can possibly indicate whiplash, spinal injury, and/or ligament injury.
- Numbness and Bruising – This is a possible sign of herniated disc and/or spinal injury.
- Emotional Distress – This may be indicative of post traumatic stress disorder, concussion, and/or brain injury.
The next step is to make an appointment with Dr. Mollins. Dr. Mollins will initially perform a concise history and then perform a full physical examination. Diagnostic testing will be performed if necessary. After a proper, concise diagnosis is determined, Dr. Mollins will then place his injured patient on a comprehensive treatment regimen to enable patients to achieve wellness as expeditiously as possible. If necessary, Dr. Mollins will refer his patients to one of his network of referred specialists which include neurology, or orthopedic surgery, pain management, and physical therapy.
All injuries that occur that are sustained at work in New York State, are covered by Workers’ Compensation. Dr. Mollins and all of his referred medical specialists are workers compensation certified so you can be treated at no cost.
Remember, when it comes to injuries, always assume the worst, and hope for the best!