Ask an Ottawa Injury Lawyer: What does a neurologist do?

After suffering a serious personal injury as a result of an Ontario accident, you likely have many legal and medical questions.  Both experienced injury lawyers and doctors should form a team of people who will help you during this difficult time.  While you need only one personal injury lawyer to represent you, you may require the expertise of a number of different doctors, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries.  If you have suffered a serious injury, particularly one that has affected your brain and nervous system, you may have to see a neurologist.

Neurologists are medical doctors who specialize in all things related to the brain and nervous system.  Neurologists examine an individual’s ability to move, muscle strength, reflexes, sensation, speech, language and memory.  Essentially, they examine the ways in which an individual’s brain and nerves have been affected by an injury.  After examining a patient, a neurologist will recommend treatment, which can include various kinds of rehabilitation, surgery, etc.

If your personal injury caused you to incur damage to your head or spinal cord, you may require the medical attention of a neurologist.  Your family doctor, or the doctor you see in a hospital emergency room (depending on where you go to receive immediate medical care after the accident) will examine you and refer you to a neurologist if they think this is necessary.  Sometimes nerve damage is not immediately apparent, such as that which affects memory or language, so it is important to receive on-going medical care for your injuries, and to pay attention to any changes.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, it is important that you receive the appropriate medical care in order to recover from your injuries and hopefully get back to your normal life.  Seeking legal advice is also important since you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.  Contact the Ottawa injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to find out if you have a legal case.

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