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Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

Brain Injuries:

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines a traumatic brain injury as an injury that occurs when a sudden physical assault on the head causes damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, including those involving trains, cars, trucks, and motorcycles. These types of accidents may also cause spinal cord injuries. Not all brain injuries are traumatic in nature; for example, the deprivation of oxygen to the brain at any time during labor and/or delivery can result in life long disabilities due to brain injury as well.

Brain injuries can cause physical, social, cognitive and vocational changes in a victim's life. Recovery is often a permanent process of adjustments and accommodations for the injured person and his or her family. In many cases, the lives of the injured individual's family are also completely disrupted as they focus their energies on securing proper medical care for the victim.

Appropriate treatment of a brain injury can involve diagnostic testing, drugs, surgery, and rehabilitation. Rehabilitation, a critical aspect of optimal recovery, can be prohibitively expensive. For catastrophic injuries, an extensive team of caregivers may be necessary. It is not uncommon for an injured individual to require the services of a neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, vocational expert, life-care planner, neuro-psychologist, and physical, occupational and speech therapists.

Spinal Cord / Nerve Damage Injuries:

The spinal cord is made of nerve fibers, which are responsible for the body's ability to feel sensation, voluntarily move and perform independent functions like breathing and sweating. Loss of function following a spinal cord injury depends on the location and severity of the trauma to the vertebral column. If the damage to the nerves of the spinal cord completely obstructs the signals from the brain and keeps them from reaching points below the point of trauma, the spinal cord injury is referred to as "complete". If some signals can get through it is referred to as an "incomplete" spinal cord injury. Loss of feeling and function is proportional to the trauma's proximity to the brain. "Paraplegia" refers to lost feeling and inability to move the lower parts of the body. "Tetraplegia" (formerly referred to as quadriplegia) refers to lost feeling and inability to move the upper and lower parts of the body.

Obviously, spinal cord injuries change lives. Victims and their families often must deal with permanent disabilities that necessitate significant medical and legal expenses. Life expectancies for spinal cord injury victims are much lower than those of individuals with no spinal cord injury. The causes of spinal cord injuries are widely varied and are frequently the result of another's negligence-car accidents, falls, and gun shot wounds are just a few common causes. Lawsuits for most spinal cord injury accidents are brought under negligence, strict liability, and third party liability laws. Even uninvolved third parties can contribute to an injury; for example, the company that made a faulty seatbelt or tire.

Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are generally part of complex cases that require a great deal of experience and knowledge of North Carolina case law in order to successfully pursue them. If you or a family member has experienced a brain injury or a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident or another's negligence, you should seek medical and legal assistance as soon as possible.

At The Rodzik Law Group, we specialize in serious personal injury law. Our attorneys have nearly fifty years of combined experience in delivering outstanding results for our clients, the victims in personal injury cases. We will take care of everything so you can focus on your recovery. We work on a contingency fee basis so you won't have to worry about paying for our expertise. If our attorneys do not win compensation for you, there will be no fee for our services. Contact us today to begin formulating your case.