Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
Brain and spinal cord injuries can cause severe and long-lasting damage. While some people may recover from an injury with medical treatment and rehabilitation, many brain or spinal cord injuries can cause long-term or permanent disabilities or even death. Brain injuries affect more than 1 million people nationwide each year, about one-fifth of which require hospitalization. Thousands of brain injuries each year are fatal. Spinal cord injuries affect tens of thousands of people annually. Although they are less likely to be fatal, they can cause significant, costly long-term damage. A person suffering from a brain or spinal cord injury should contact a Florida brain and spinal cord injury attorney to help determine who is liable for their injuries and fight for compensation.
Causes of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be caused by almost any blow to the head with enough force to cause injury. Certain activities have higher risks of TBI, but a person can suffer TBI in almost any circumstance. Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can likewise result from any impact or blow to the back or neck. Incidents that could cause TBI or SCI may include:
- Automobile accidents
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Accidents involving ATV’s or other vehicles;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Falls in stairwells or other dangerous areas;
- Swimming or swimming pool accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- Sports injury;
- Construction site accidents; or
- Injuries from violent acts.
Types of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
TBI and SCI encompass a wide range of injuries, and they can have a wide range of consequences. TBI may include skull fractures, concussions, and other trauma. SCI can include ruptured or herniated discs, pinched nerves, or spinal stenosis.
Victims of TBI may experience health effects such as:
- Changes in mood or personality;
- Memory problems or memory loss;
- Sleep disorders;
- Difficulty concentrating;
- Speech or vision problems;
- Loss of coordination;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Coma; or
- Persistent vegetative state.
SCI can cause complications including:
- Back or neck pain;
- Difficulty walking, or loss of coordination;
- Numbness or weakness;
- Breathing problems;
- Lack of reflexes; or
- Partial or total paralysis.
Liability and Damages
We will review your injuries and assess who may be liable and held responsible for damages. Many TBI and SCI are the result of negligence, in which a person breaches a duty of care and causes an accident. A person breaching their duty of care, such as the duty to operate a vehicle safely or to maintain a safe premises with no unreasonable risks of tripping or falling, may be liable to a person injured due to that breach.
TBI and SCI often require a high level of expensive care, and therefore could lead to liability for major medical expenses. These could include medical bills and costs of rehabilitation, but also ongoing medical costs and pain and suffering. Particularly serious injuries may render a person unable to support themselves financially. This could mean that a party who is liable for injuries may be responsible for costs of long-term care.
The Deerfield Beach injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured in a slip-and-fall or other type of accident. Contact us through this website, or call 954-428-9333 today for a free and confidential consultation.