In our latest personal injury video case study, New York personal injury attorney Adam M. Orlow tells us about a case he defended in which a home health nurse slipped and fell as a result of a stepping on a damaged stair. Mr. Orlow’s client was seriously injured as a result of the accident and needed surgery, which left her unable to work for an extended period of time. The attorneys at The Orlow Firm brought a premises liability case against the building owner at fault for neglecting to maintain the stairwell, eventually securing a $240,000 settlement for their client. If you have been injured in a premises accident in New York, contact The Orlow Firm by phone at 800-504-9590 or through their website to schedule a free consultation.
Today we bring you another injury case study from New York personal injury attorney Adam M. Orlow. In this video, Mr. Orlow describes a past case in which his client’s bathroom ceiling fell on her while showering, resulting in serious injuries that required surgery. Using photo evidence and a statement from a neighbor, the attorneys at The Orlow Firm were able to bring a premises liability case against the building owner and resolve the case in favor of their injured client. If you have been injured in a similar premises accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at The Orlow Firm by phone at 800-504-9590 to schedule a free consultation.
In this video case study, New York personal injury attorney Adam M. Orlow discusses his experience defending a case in which a young girl had her finger partially amputated by an apartment building stairway door. This unfortunate accident occurred due to the building owner neglecting to install the required door stopper, which slows down the speed at which the door closes. The knowledgable attorneys at The Orlow Firm brought a premises liability case against the responsible party and resolved the case favorably for their client. If you have been injured in a similar premises accident, contact The Orlow Firm by phone at 800-504-9590 or through their website to arrange your free consultation.
As children, in our teenage years, many of us keep journals. We document our feelings and our thoughts. Diaries can serve as a reflection of the era in which we lived, a testament to the fact that we were alive, and we were here.
Journals As a Means of Shaping Personality
In our formative years, when most of us take up journals, it can be an exercise in developing what will become our adult personalities. As teenagers, we experience the world differently. Taking the time to write down one’s thoughts, during these years where our perspectives and views are being shaped, can help put the world into perspective.
How Journals Can Help in Life After Injury
Beginning life after injury is, in many ways, a lot like going through this process of self-discovery. Even if the injured is an adult, adapting to their new reality — the “new normal” — can feel a lot like being back at square one. You will have to relearn the limits of your body and mind, discover ways to cope, and sort out your emotions.
Writing down your thoughts on life after injury can have many advantages.
- It can help progress seem more concrete. You might not realize how slowly, for example, your vocabulary and eloquence are improving. But any step forward, however small, is still a step. And being able to look back at writings from months ago can help you see your improvement more clearly.
- Documenting what works, and what doesn’t. If you and your family are trying new ways to do things, such as chores, writing down your thoughts on how you’re adjusting can help you pinpoint what works for you and your loved ones.
- An outlet for feelings. Victims of injuries may experience new, strong emotions as they try to cope and adjust. So can their families — it can sometimes be frustrating to adjust to a “new normal”. Having a safe place, such as a journal, to air these frustrations can help keep peace. It can also be helpful to look back at these feelings, and analyze what you can do as a family to minimize negative emotions and stay positive.
Giving The Injured a Voice
Journals can be a great way for the injured and their families to feel like they have a “voice” — that they don’t have to bottle up their thoughts and emotions. It can be part of the healing process, helping everyone involved get a better insight on how the tragic event has affected them.
Writing, whether on a notebook or on an online blog, can be an emotional and practical aid, and help those who are living life after injury adjust.
A severe injury — one that leaves the victim changed forever — does not only affect those who were involved in the accident. Life after injury is not just about the victims, but also about their families, and their journey in adjusting to their new reality.
One very common reaction to seeing a family go through such a turbulent time might be, “They need their space, some time to clear their minds and sort things out. I should step back.” You stop calling. You stop asking them to hang out. You stop going over to their place, arms filled with sodas and snacks, to spend a Friday night watching movies like you used to.
But, sometimes, the best way to help a family deal with life after injury is to not drop these behaviors, and stick around. Tragedy is where the art of being a supportive friend, and just being there, truly shines.
In an NY Times column titled The Art of Presence, David Brooks recounts how Catherine Woodiwiss dealt with the traumatic events that befell her family — and how the handful of friends that reached out and stuck around made all the difference.
“Trauma is a disfiguring, lonely time even when surrounded in love; to suffer through trauma alone is unbearable,” she wrote.
So what are some ways in which we can “be there” for someone going through a tragedy?
Understand that there is no “getting over it”. Traumatic events can be life-changing. After such an experience, life is redefined. You find a “new normal”. There is no true way to fully get over it, just adjusting to a new reality.
Do not compare stories. Everyone’s story is different, and everyone’s grief deserves it’s own attention. Take it for what it is. Be a listening ear, and a shoulder to cry on if needed. Comparisons are not necessary — you do not need to “prove” that you have suffered as much in order to understand what the victim is going through.
Do not underestimate the power of non-verbal gestures. Picking up a few groceries that you know your friend needs, or helping them tidy up, can speak louder than any consoling words.
Most importantly, what we need to understand is that, sometimes, all a victim of tragedy wants is just companionship. A friend showing up with snacks and a DVD, to give them a little respite in the grieving process — a little glimpse into what they once knew as normalcy. A friend who is just there.