There are many causes of brain and spinal injuries, including medical malpractice, car and truck accidents, negligent security, and dangerous products. Some brain and spinal cord injuries are “mild,” while others can be much more severe, even resulting in paralysis, complete dependence on others, and death.
Unfortunately, statistics show that every five minutes one person will die and another will become permanently disabled due to a brain injury, and that every 41 minutes a person in the United States sustains a spinal cord injury. These injuries are often the result of an individual’s or corporation’s carelessness or negligence.
The brain is perhaps the most important organ in the human body – it sends and receives messages by way of the spinal cord and nerves. A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is a blow to the head or violent movement of the head. No head wound, skull fracture, or loss of consciousness is required for an injury to be classified as a traumatic brain injury. Trauma or violent movement to the brain can have devastating effects, including brain bleeding, swelling, tearing of the nerve tissue, compression of the nerve tissue, and increased intra-cranial pressure in the injured area.
The impacts of traumatic brain injury are enormous and include physical, emotional, and cognitive problems such as:
- Double vision;
- Difficulty with balance;
- Mood swings;
- Confusion; and,
- Memory loss.
The spinal cord is often referred to as the “highway system” of the nervous system because it is the path through which signals are transmitted to and from the brain. The spinal cord is delicate, having the consistency of a banana. When a spinal cord injury occurs, the signals to and from the brain are either disrupted or blocked, causing a host of physical, mental, and emotional problems. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause a loss of movement and sensation in the arms, legs, and a loss of control over bowel and bladder function. This loss of movement, sensation, and control often causes depression and other mental illnesses in the injured person.
Cases involving injuries to the brain and spinal cord require attorneys knowledgeable about the central nervous system, along with consultation with the very best medical experts in the United States. Our team of lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for our clients in cases involving these types of injuries, including stroke, tetraplegia, paraplegia, and hypoxic or anoxic brain injury (i.e., a brain injury due to a period of insufficient oxygen).
If you have experienced a brain or spinal cord injury as the result of someone’s wrongful conduct, contact the lawyers of Turnbull, Holcomb & LeMoine, PC at (404) 793-2566 for a free case evaluation.