Causes and Consequences of Spine and Brain Injuries
Lawyer Eric Stovall is Committed to his Clients’ Quality of Life
Nothing has the potential to alter the course of a person’s life more than a spinal cord or brain injury. After a catastrophic accident, a person who suffered from such an injury may not have the capacity to hire an attorney. In these cases, it is then up to the family to pursue legal action on the injured person’s behalf. Reno brain and spinal cord injury attorney Eric A. Stovall understands the suffering individuals experience. As a result, he knows that immediate legal action is necessary to ensure the person receives the best medical treatment and quality of life possible from the very beginning. Because of this, he offers a free consultation at (775)337-1444. We can then discuss the resources you need to take care of your loved one in the future.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is any damage to the spinal cord. It can affect the body’s ability to feel, touch and move. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) estimates that there are about 282,000 people currently living in the United States with SCI. Additionally, there are approximately 17,000 new SCI incidents every year.
Of these new incidents of spinal injury, the vast majority stem from car accidents. The CDC claims using a seatbelt can reduce the chances of a spinal injury by 60 percent. Furthermore, the use of a seatbelt combined with air bags reduces the chances of spinal injury by 80 percent. The next greatest cause of SCI are slip and fall accidents, followed by violence and sports.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when a person retains partial sensation or the inability to move one or both sides of the body. These injuries may also result in chronic pain. Complete injury affects both sides of the body equally. The person will totally lack physical sensation in the affected area. This is especially perilous as the person may be unable to regulate involuntary functions such as breathing, blood pressure and internal temperature.
Typically, when someone retains a spinal injury, the higher the trauma occurs on the vertebra, the more profound the injury will be. Some victims of SCI eventually regain functioning and motor skills. However, unfortunately, the majority of SCI victims will never fully recover. As a result, they will need life-long care that could cost millions of dollars.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unlike any other personal injury as the brain is the source of an individual’s personality and disposition. Families struggle to understand that a person with TBI may never be the same as before the accident. The CDC estimates that 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries per year in the United States. The main causes of TBI are slip and fall accidents, followed by automobile accidents such as truck accidents, objects striking the head, and assault.
Minor brain damage or concussions sometimes take days or weeks to fully develop. As a result, you may miss or ignore them. Secondary damage, including inflammation and hemorrhaging, may occur at the injury site resulting in brain fluid build-up and pressure in the confined space of the skull. Prolonged pressure will eventually kill the nerves and result in permanent brain damage. Anyone who suffered head trauma must see a doctor immediately to minimize the potential for long-term damage. Furthermore, severe TBI can lead to the loss of cognitive and motor skills, and extended comatose states.
Contact our Reno Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today
If you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury or brain injury, do not wait to consult with a lawyer experienced in dealing with catastrophic injuries. Please contact Reno personal injury attorney Eric A. Stovall now for a free consultation at (775)337-1444. He knows what you are up against and he wants to make sure that your family has the resources it needs to give your loved one proper care throughout your lives.