Traumatic brain Injury and spinal cord Injury both may involve medical Intervention, rehabilitation and life-long care, all of which result in enormous expense. If the Injury resulted through fault of another, a personal Injury lawyer can assist you in filing a claim as soon as possible. The sooner you take action, the closer you will be in a position to receive assistance with costly care and rehabilitation.
Traumatic brain and spinal cord Injuries are most often caused by accidents, such as: sports-related accidents, falls, accidental shootings, attempted suicides, boating accidents, ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile, personal watercraft, and bicycle accidents.
To better understand the devastating risks posed to your health and ability to function, we’ve provided further Information regarding traumatic brain Injury and spinal cord Injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury
While fracture or penetration can create TBI, the head doesn’t necessarily have to strike an object to injure e the brain. Because brain tissue is extremely soft, a sharp jarring motion may create enough Impact for brain tissue to bruise, tear or bleed simply by crushing the brain against the skull. Damage to the brain may occur at the Instant of Impact, or it may occur afterwards due to brain swelling or bleeding into and around the brain within the skull.
Examples of TBI where there is no fracture or penetration Include whiplash or “shaken baby syndrome.” As a result, there are no signs of bleeding or external damage and this type of traumatic brain Injury Is also referred to as a “closed-head injury”.
Recently, amusement park thrill rides have come under scrutiny based on the contention that thrill seekers’ brains are being smashed Into their skulls, causing brain bleeds and tears that can result In permanent damage or death. New Jersey became the first state to propose legal limits on the gravitational force that amusement park rides can produce.
Spinal Cord Injury
Similar to traumatic brain Injuries, most spinal cord Injuries (SCI) also result from accidents. Trauma to the vertebral column can affect the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain to parts of the body that control motor, sensory, and autonomic functions. In some cases, the spinal cord may only be bruised or swollen, and the nerves gradually continue to work again over a period of time. In other Instances where the spinal column has been severed, recovery is minimal.
Injuries located close to the brain are more severe than Injuries farther from the brain and result in more loss of feeling and function.
At Johnson & Monteleone, LLP we can explain in detail the repercussions and expenses involved with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord Injury as well as recourses for compensation. To discuss your concerns, please call (208) 331·2100 to arrange a free consultation.