Law Office of Matthew Konecky - July 2019

THE KONECKY

JULY 2019

JOURNAL

561.671.5995 | 954.272.6187 | www.matthewkoneckypa.com 110 SE 6th Street, Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

ANewfound Perspective I recently had shoulder surgery. I have never had It was in March when I dislocated my shoulder. After a few doctor visits, we decided the best course of action was the surgery. It ended up being an outpatient laparoscopic surgery. While it’s designed to be minimally invasive, it is still invasive and hard on the body. If you have had surgery, you know it’s never a pleasant experience any way you put it. As I write this, I’m still in a brace and shoulder sling, which I wear for upwards of 23 hours a day. My current situation has given me a new perspective on how my clients cope with these kinds of situations. For years now, I’ve been handling personal injury cases, and my perspective has been on the legal side of things. I’ve worked with folks who have had many types of surgeries following a car wreck or a fall, but it’s not always easy to connect with the pain and struggle that goes along with those experiences. “As much as I can be there for my clients on the legal side of things, there are a lot of things I can’t be there for, and it astounds me how hard my clients work to juggle it all.” surgery like this before, so it was something of a new experience. As a personal injury attorney, I help many people who are dealing with surgeries and the enduring pain that goes along with them, and I found myself reflecting on that during my recovery.

I’m always there for my clients, no matter what, but I’ve never gone through

what they’ve gone through. Pain and recovery are unique to each individual — we all experience it differently, and I consider myself fortunate that I have not experienced a debilitating car wreck, fall, or any kind of serious injury. Even now, my own injury cannot be compared to what my clients have gone through. But it still offers a new perspective. Following the surgery, some aspects of my life are more challenging. I’ve realized I need to focus more on myself to ensure I heal properly. I’ve had to learn to ask for and accept the help of others and say thank you more often (especially to my wife, Ashley). This is something my clients work through every day to a greater degree. They are dealing with possible surgeries and pain while trying to be there for their families and their job, not to mention their doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, and so much more. As much as I can be there for my clients on the legal side of things, there are a lot of things I can’t be there for, and it astounds me how hard my clients work to juggle it all. As I balance my own recovery with my family life and work life, I want to recognize my clients who deal with so much following an accident or injury. I do what I can as an attorney, and I hope I can make a difference to make up for the pain they’re going through. No matter the specific circumstances, it’s never easy. Period.

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–Matthew Konecky

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