A major brain or spine accident is always life-changing and the injury is often permanent. It can leave the injured person and their family dealing with the fallout for the rest of their lives. If you or a loved one has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), then you know how much of an impact it can have on your daily life.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Trauma to the brain is usually the result of a direct blow to the head. It can also be caused by severe whiplash. They can be notoriously difficult to diagnose, especially where no external injury is visible. A brain injury that may appear minor initially has the potential to become deadly very quickly.
TBI’s can have lifelong effects for the injured. Memory loss, loss of brain function, mood changes, depression and other physical ailments or chronic conditions can take their toll long after the initial symptoms subside.
In court cases dealing with TBIs, the injured person must seek medical attention of a professional who can observe symptoms for a proper diagnosis, as well as for proper treatment. Sometimes it can take up to several hours for swelling to worsen and increase to the point of noticeable injury to the victim. Especially in children whose brains are still developing, even a mild concussion can have debilitating long-term effects if not treated properly under the supervision of a physician.
Common causes of TBIs include:
- Motorcycle, car or truck accidents (as a driver, passenger or pedestrian)
- Assault or battery
- Slip and fall accidents
- Complications during childbirth
- Accidents in the workplace
- Bicycle accidents
- Sports injury or re-injury
Spinal Cord Injuries
Excluding fatal injuries, there are approximately 17,700 new SCI cases each year, nationally. In fact, 30% of those who suffer a SCI will require re-hospitalization within a year of their injury, with each hospital visit averaging 22 days. That is a lot of lives permanently altered, and lots of time spent in treatment for each case. For the injured, each SCI can run up insurmountable medical bills, in addition to an immense change to their quality of life. With outcomes like loss of function to primary organs, quadriplegia and paraplegia, SCIs are terrifying whenever they happen, and certainly must be treated with the utmost care from the best medical professionals.
Spine injuries are usually defined by the location of the injury; where within the spine sequence the injury occurred, how much function remains and whether the SCI is a complete or incomplete injury. Here’s what this means:
- Complete Spinal Cord Injury: A complete spinal cord injury refers to complete loss of function below the injury to the spinal cord. No treatment is available to restore the function below the injury.
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: An incomplete SCI may be caused by swelling or fragments around the spinal cord that can restrict function below the injury. Some feeling or movement is retained, no matter how slight. Good, prompt medical care can help reduce swelling, making for a better chance of more improved function following the injury.
Between medical bills they incur and the impact of a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, no one should face the weight of these injuries alone. Specific legal benefits are available to you following a TBI or an SCI, and an attorney knowledgeable in personal injury law can help.
Karpe Litigation is well-versed in getting help for victims of TBIs and SCIs. Contact us today to see how you can benefit from an advocate working to get you the assistance you need and deserve after your injury. You only pay if we win or settle your case, so first consultations are always free of charge and free of risk.