What Kinds of Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Cause Paralysis?
One of the worst accidents a person can suffer is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), as paralysis or death is common in severe situations. Every year, about 1.5 million people are afflicted with a TBI and 85,000 develop long-term disabilities, and around 50,000 severe TBIs result in death. It’s difficult to understand the scope of TBIs and the profound effect they can have on people because they do not heal like other parts of the body. When a person hurts their arm or suffers organ damage, doctors usually have a good idea of how the patient will recover. When the brain is damaged, though, there is no telling how a person will be affected and if they will be able to recover. Loss of limb function, memory loss, sensory failure, persistent pain or nausea, and even personality changes have been linked to TBIs, and it is often impossible to recover completely.
WHAT KIND OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CAN CAUSE PARALYSIS?
The brain is a highly sensitive organ and can be harmed in many situations, but it takes a serious TBI to cause loss of limb function. Vehicle accidents, by far, are the most common incidents leading to serious TBIs. However, falls, workplace accidents and gunshot wounds are all frequent causes as well.
Another party’s negligence often causes vehicle and workplace accidents that result in severe TBIs. Irresponsible driving, poor workplace safety standards, improper equipment handling, dropped tools, fights, and lapses in attention while on the job or behind the wheel can leave a person permanently disabled.
A traumatic brain injury can cause total paralysis, like quadriplegia or lower body paralysis like paraplegia. In either case, the disability is almost always permanent and will profoundly change a person’s life. Victims who suffer quadriplegia are not able to take care of themselves and will need assistance for day-to-day living. This, along with physical therapy and mobility equipment can make the cost of medical treatment extremely expensive.
WHAT SHOULD THE VICTIM DO IF THEY SUFFER A TBI DUE TO ANOTHER PARTY’S NEGLIGENCE?
A personal injury attorney can help a victim who has been hurt by another’s negligence or carelessness. These claims are often filed against motorists who fail to operate their vehicle safely, or third parties that cause harm at work. In some cases, the victim may be able to file a claim against an employer, or may need representation to attain worker’s compensation.
During the legal process, the attorney will assess the victim’s claim and generate a demand package that cites the “worth” of the victim’s injuries. If paraplegia or quadriplegia is present, the victim will be in line to receive a higher settlement to compensate for long-term disability costs. This figure will be used by an attorney to negotiate a favorable settlement for the victim, and if this fails, the attorney will represent the victim at trial.
Victims who are permanently often disabled have their happiness and quality of life robbed from them. These victims deserve justice when carelessness is the cause.