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Brain and Spinal Cord Injures

More than 50,000 people die of traumatic brain injuries in the United States every year and those who survive often struggle with serious, permanent brain damage that can adversely affect their lives. Some 5.3 million Americans who have suffered traumatic brain injury need help performing daily activities, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when physical trauma to the head causes serious brain damage. A brain injury can affect the very essence of a person. Personality, memory, reason, and temperament may all be affected in debilitating ways. In some cases, a traumatic brain injury can lead to permanent physical or mental impairment and may also cause the victim to go into a coma.

In addition to physical and emotional pain, traumatic brain injury patients can expect financial burdens as they struggle to pay expensive medical bills and rehabilitation costs. Whether a traumatic brain injury is caused by an unsafe product, a dangerous environment or the negligence of another person, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation.

Falls are the primary cause of traumatic brain injuries. Anyone who suffers a blow to the head as a result of a fall can sustain a head injury, regardless of age. Walkway obstructions, uneven or slippery surfaces and other unsafe conditions all put people at risk for traumatic brain injuries. Motor vehicle accidents are another leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. In addition to accidents caused by the negligence of another driver, defective automotive safety features (airbags, seatbelts, child seats, etc.) can also fail to protect passengers from injury.

The medical costs and other expenses incurred with spinal cord injuries is incredible. A partially paralyzed person may incur over $100,000 in expenses during the first year after the injury, while a person with complete paralysis (quadriplegia) may incur over $400,000 during the first year.

Traumatic brain injury victims often require expensive medical care and rehabilitation. Traumatic brain injuries and the ongoing care cost around $60 billion annually in the United States, according to data from the CDC. In addition to medical costs, victims of traumatic brain injuries are often unable to return to work because of their physical condition. In some instances, victims never return to work, causing them to lose their ability to earn income permanently.

A spinal cord injury is generally determined by which vertebrae of the spinal cord are injured. The term paraplegia is used to describe when a person has lost feeling and is not able to move the lower parts of the body. Tetraplegia, previously called quadriplegia, pertains to loss of movement and sensory detection in both the upper and lower parts of the body.

Spinal cord injury causes many people in United States to become permanently disabled. It is estimated that annually there are 12,000 to 15,000 new cases of spinal cord injury in this country. This estimate does not include the number of people who die from a spinal cord injury at the scene of an accident. Approximately 255,702 Americans are currently living with a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can be complete and permanent, causing complete paralysis or incomplete, causing partial paralysis. People with a spinal cord injury will continue to need medical care and various forms of personal assistance throughout their lives.

Spinal cord injury is most prevalent in males, with 77.8% of cases occurring in males. The average age at injury is 39.5 years. Recently the number of older people suffering spinal cord injuries has increased, with approximately 11.5% of spinal cord injuries occurring in people over age 60.

The medical costs and other expenses incurred with spinal cord injuries is incredible. A partially paralyzed person may incur over $100,000 in expenses during the first year after the injury, while a person with complete paralysis (quadriplegia) may incur over $400,000 during the first year.

Vehicle accidents account for 42 % of all spinal cord injuries, falls account for 27.1 %, violence accounts for 15.3 %, sports accidents account for 7.4% and 8.1% of spinal cord injuries are due to unknown causes. Accidents are often due to someone’s negligence. Reckless driving and disregard for workplace safety on the part of employers are two examples of negligent behavior that can lead to a spinal cord injury.

Victims of these injuries and their families deserve to be fully compensated for the damages they have suffered and the comprehensive costs of the following:

Our attorneys have extensive experience in identifying and vigorously pursuing claims for all of our clients who have been affected by these injuries. If you or a loved one have been affected by a traumatic brain injury, please fill out our case review form here on our website and submit it for a free consultation to find out how Dennis A. Lopez & Associates can help you.