Brain Damage and/or Spinal Cord Injury

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Brain Damage and/or Spinal Cord Injuries – Overview

When an accident victim suffers serious injury, it always imposes extreme hardships on the accident victim and the victim’s family. These hardships often include dramatic and unwanted changes including new and difficult financial burdens. These challenges may never be greater than when a victim suffers a traumatic brain damage or spinal cord injury. These injuries can tragically result from nothing more than another driver’s impatience or indifference to the injury of others.

The brain damage and/or spinal cord damage caused by this type of injury often means that the victim’s quality of life is permanently diminished. The victim may even need permanent supportive care. It is especially tragic that traumatic brain injuries can impair someone’s personality, reasoning skills, memory, and ability to engage in even the most basic physical and mental function.

Because we frequently see victims with catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, we understand the special challenges faced by victims who suffer this type of devastating and debilitating injury. The cost of medical treatment and supportive care can easily exceed a million dollars. Depending on the severity of a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage, a victim may need permanent nursing care and assistance for even the most basic functions.

This type of catastrophic injury also may leave the victim unable to earn a living or support a family. The attorneys at the Boesch Law Group aggressively pursue justice and fair compensation so that those whose carelessness or inattention derail the lives of others are held accountable for their actions.

Not surprisingly, government statistics show that more than fifty percent of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. These devastating head injuries are so prevalent in car accidents because the intense force of a high-speed impact can fracture the skull and injure the brain. The vehicle occupant’s head can be thrown against the windshield; an occupant can be ejected from the vehicle; or the victim can suffer roof crush injuries during a rollover accident. These types of injuries are said to result from “blunt force trauma.”

Brain injuries can also occur even when there is no skull fracture. Sharp blows to the head, even without skull fractures, often produce concussions which are, in and of themselves, a type of brain injury with potentially long-lasting effects. Occupants of the motor vehicle during a California car accident also may suffer a traumatic brain injury even though they have suffered no direct blow to the head at all. This is often overlooked by medical personnel, patients and even attorneys not well-versed in head trauma litigation. Such brain injuries can result from the force of the brain impacting the hard bony structure of the skull during a whip-lash type motion common in rear-end type collisions. This internal impact of the brain against the skull may cause bleeding into the space between the brain and the skull, which may cause pressure on the brain. This type of bleeding from the brain is often referred to as a “brain hemorrhage.” The force of the brain striking the inside of the skull also may cause bruising of the brain otherwise referred to as a brain “contusion.”

Both of these types of brain injuries resulting from the impact of the soft tissue of the brain against the hard bony structure of the skull are particularly dangerous injuries. Sometimes victims who suffer bleeding of the brain or a brain contusion do not immediately realize that they have suffered a potentially life-threatening injury. There are cases where the injury victim functions normally with nothing more than a mild headache for some period of time before suddenly lapsing into a coma. If you suffer even a minor head injury, you should seek medical attention to ensure there has been no serious head injury that may later become apparent. Sometimes the severe injuries caused by trauma to the head or brain, especially from a car accident, take hours to become apparent as the brain continues to bleed and the pressure on critical areas of the brain continues to increase.

If you or someone you love suffers a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage, including in a California car accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries. An experienced Boesch Law Group brain damage lawyer can investigate your claim and advise you of your rights and options. We offer a free initial consultation, so call today to learn about your rights and remedies.

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