People suffer from brain and spinal cord injuries every day, and the terrible thing about these types of injuries is that they are usually permanent. In some cases, with the proper medical care and rehabilitation, a person can recover from a brain or spinal cord injury, but other times the injury can affect a person for the many years and may significantly compromise their way of life.
No matter how your brain or spinal cord was injured, if you suspect that someone's negligence caused your injuries, you should immediately speak with a San Fernando Valley injury attorney. You only have a certain window of time available to take legal action against the responsible party after being injured, so the sooner you act the better off you will be in the long run.
Brain injuries can range from mild to severe, depending upon the cause of the injury. Even in cases of mild brain injuries, a person can be significantly affected and the following issues may result:
Paralysis, or loss of movement, is most commonly associated with spinal cord injuries, but other symptoms can occur depending upon the magnitude of the injury and the location of the injury in the spine. People with spinal cord injuries typically suffer:
Beyond the physical ramifications of dealing with a catastrophic injury, it is important to focus on the fact that these types of injuries will often hit the wallet hard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that indirect and direct costs of traumatic brain injuries cost the United States an estimated $76 billion in 2000. While children aged 0 to 4 and adults 75 years and old are the most common victims of TBI, the CDC estimates that more than 1.5 million people sustain such an injury each year. The lifetime cost for one victim of a TBI is around four million dollars.
As costly as brain injuries can be, spinal cord injuries can be equally so. Of course, the annual costs will be dependent on several factors – such as the age of the victim, which area of the spine was affected and how severe the damage was. For example, The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and CDC estimated that the first year cost for a victim of a high tetraplegia injury would be over a million dollars, whereas someone with paraplegia may be saddled with only half of that.
Regardless, it is important to recognize that these can come with exorbitant costs – not only for the first year, but for every single year following. Therefore, it is crucial that you, along with your San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer, work for financial compensation that is comprehensive in scope. You need to make sure you will be covered not only for just current medical bills, but also all future costs, even taking into consideration a possible inability to work, as well as the emotional damage. To learn more about how we can help you, reach out and contact us today.
If you are suffering from brain or spinal cord injuries because of another person's negligence, you should contact a San Fernando Valley injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today!