Effects of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Although many of us walk away from accidents with mere bumps and bruises, or perhaps a broken limb, some of us suffer more severe injuries — sometimes to the brain or spine. Serious brain and spinal cord injuries cause long-lasting and critical disabilities or even fatalities.
- 12,000 people injure their spinal cords annually
- 1.5 million Americans suffer a brain injury each year
Motor vehicle accidents cause nearly half of all spinal cord injuries. Other causes include slip and falls, violent acts like gun and knife wounds, sports injuries or other kinds of transportation accidents. The majority of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result from car accidents. People also suffer TBIs from slip and falls, violence and sports accidents — much like spinal injuries.
Because these types of injuries can be catastrophic, the lifetime costs of treating a spinal cord injury or TBI can be overwhelming. If your injury occurred due to someone else’s negligence, speak to a brain and spinal cord injuries lawyer at the Law Offices of Brian deBrun in Charlotte for guidance.
Effects of a spinal cord injury
Although all spinal cord injuries are different, in general, the higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more severe the injury will be. A spinal cord injury affects a person on a sensory, motor and reflex level. Effects of a spinal cord injury may include:
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of movement
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Change or loss of sexual function/sensitivity
- Pain or other sensations
The effects of a TBI vary, depending upon the severity of the injury. Consequences of a TBI may include:
- Blurry eyesight
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Behavioral effects
Because of the amount of care involved in treating these injuries, we recommend contacting a Charlotte lawyer to discuss the possibility of a personal injury case if your accident was caused by the recklessness of another.