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Medical expert picks up hidden head injury

updated: 03-Mar-10

Sometimes, not all car accident-related injuries are immediately evident, but de Broglio Inc’s top-notch medical experts are renowned for their ability to discover undetected problems in clients who are claiming damages from the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

This happened earlier in 2009 in the case of 22-year-old motorcyclist Greg Gardener*, who would have remained unaware of a brain injury following a hit-and-run accident had he not been examined by de Broglio’s doctors.
More recently, 30-year-old Cheryl Simmons* had a similar experience. She was involved in an accident on 25 March 2007, on the busy intersection of William Nicol and Witkoppen roads in Fourways, Johannesburg. Another vehicle turned in front of the car in which she was a passenger, causing a collision.
In the accident, Cheryl sustained whiplash to her neck and a contusion to her right ankle. However, unbeknown to her, her injuries did not end there.
She was suffering from persistent headaches and her lawyer at de Broglio Inc, which handled her RAF claim, referred her to the firm’s neuropsychologist for examination. He proceeded to identify the cause of the headaches: a minor concussive head injury that had arisen as a direct result of the accident.
Fortunately, there was no serious or irreversible brain damage and Cheryl was able to resume her duties as a personal assistant. However, being aware of the problem meant she could seek treatment and the fact that she had sustained a head injury pushed up the value of her claim, which was eventually settled for R552 000 all inclusive.
“Our team of highly skilled medico-legal experts is nothing less than first-rate, and if you have undetected injuries arising from a car accident, there’s an excellent chance they will pick them up,” says Michael de Broglio.
“It is important for accident victims to consult specialists who have vast experience in this field, as they conduct thorough examinations and know exactly what kinds of trauma to look out for. Some ‘invisible’ injuries, when left untreated, can lead to serious health problems down the line.”
*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality


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