Brain and spinal cord injuries can be among the most devastating traumas. Besides the pain and impairment, the worst ones can have a profound effect on victims and their families, requiring medical treatment, long-term care and rehabilitation costs that can run into the millions of dollars.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries (SCI) are ones that have external causes, such as motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, falls and gunshots.
Brain injuries can range in from mild to severe, with symptoms that can include headaches, dizziness, memory loss, impaired concentration, judgment and communication skills, fatigue, depression and anxiety.
A Glascow Coma Score is given by paramedics and hospital personnel for brain injuries resulting from a car accident. A score of nine or less means the victim is catastrophically impaired and eligible for significantly enhanced Statutory Accident Benefits.
An SCI is usually defined as damage or trauma to the spinal cord, resulting in impaired function, with reduced mobility or feeling. Depending upon the severity of the trauma, the victim may suffer complete or partial paralysis of the legs and arms, and a consequent loss of physical independence.
If the SCI is deemed catastrophic, resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia, the victim may also be eligible for enhanced Statutory Accident Benefits.
A TBI or SCI can alter your and your family’s lives completely as you seek to adjust to the immediate and long-term effects. These can require ongoing special medical care, home modifications and the need for sufficient funds to sustain the care and attain some quality of life.
At Legal Edson we will help you to understand your rights and options in an initial free consultation.