A Traumatic Brain Injury Can Cause Paralysis Or Other Serious Issues

by Terry Bryant

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause paralysis or any number of serious, permanent complications. More than a million people every year sustain a TBI, and about 85,000 are left with life-altering debilitations. Most of these accidents cause acute trauma to the head, such as a vehicle accident or major workplace incident. Unfortunately, severe TBIs are nearly impossible to recover from, and compensation for these victims is usually paltry compared to the expensive medical treatment they will need.

Any traumatic brain injury that causes paralysis can leave the victim with paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the loss of motor function from the waist down, while quadriplegia is full body paralysis. In either case, the victim will need ongoing physical therapy and perhaps full-time assistance to tend to their needs. In effect, it is a loss of independence, and many victims slip into a deep depression. While these people still have much to live for, they will find it difficult to support themselves financially.

A TBI is often the result of another person’s or the employer’s negligence. Because a major TBI can have such long lasting effects, it is no surprise that a number of victims or their surviving family members choose to seek compensation and justice through litigation.