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Brain and Spinal Injuries

Brain Injuries

 

Anyone can suffer a brain injury. The causes are many. The results can cause life-changing injuries or even death. Approximately 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. 80,000 Americans experience the onset of long-term disability as a result following traumatic brain injury each year. Those who survive a traumatic brain injury begin a life-long journey of adaptation to their loss of function and disability.

If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, please call me today for a free consultation. I want to help you deal with these difficult times and recover full compensation for your injury. I am experienced in settling claims for traumatic brain injury and can also help you cope with many of the other problems you are probably facing, including medical bills and insurance issues.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), closed head injury, concussion, or post concussion syndrome are all terms synonymous with acquired injury to the brain. Any incident with or without skull fracture that produces an external physical force that produces a diminished or altered state of consciousness can produce a brain injury.

The most common causes of traumatic brain injury are vehicle crashes, falls, sports injuries, and violence. Other acquired brain injuries can be caused by medical events such as hypoxia or anoxia (loss of oxygen to the brain), aneurysms, infections to the brain, tumors, or stroke.

The outcomes of acquired brain injury are unique to the individual and the severity of the trauma. A severe brain injury can leave an individual in a permanently altered state of consciousness. A moderate to severe brain injury can cause physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral/emotional impairment. Even a mild brain injury can lead to “post-concussion” syndrome, a cluster of symptoms evidenced by fatigue, dizziness, slowed mental functioning, and headaches that last for months, even years, with varying amount of severity. For some people a brain injury can be temporary, others suffer permanent partial or total functional impairment.

Even if you think your injury is minor, don’t settle with any insurance company until you receive a complete evaluation. Many injuries are not found during initial visits to the doctor or emergency room.  Sometimes people do not experience problems until years later.

In 2012, the subject of brain injuries gained well-deserved widespread international attention when some four thousand former NFL players joined civil lawsuits against the League, seeking damages over the League’s failure to protect players from concussions.

On August 30, 2013, the NFL reached a $765 million settlement with the former NFL players over the head injuries. The settlement created a $675 million compensation fund from which former NFL players can collect from depending on the extent of their conditions. Severe conditions such as Lou Gehrig’s disease and postmortem diagnosed chronic traumatic encephalopathy would be entitled to payouts as high as $5 million. From the remainder of the settlement, $75 million will be used for medical exams, and $10 million will be used for research and education.  The amount is still being contested with many thinking it is just not enough to cover all of the victims.   

The impact of Traumatic Brain Injury is all-encompassing; affecting not only the individual but the family, close friends and other social networks. Roles and relationships undergo profound changes, with the spouse often assuming the role of caregiver and breadwinner. The financial impact can often be devastating.

I will manage your case with personal, compassionate attention while you focus on your recovery.  There is never a cost to you until you receive your settlement. Call The Fountain Law Firm today for a FREE personal injury consultation. I will ensure that you understand your rights, your options and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding with representation. Fountain Injury Law is committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.

If I represent you I will not charge any fee until you receive a fair settlement. If it is difficult to come to my office, I will meet you at your home or other location of your choosing.

Spinal Injuries


The top four causes of spinal injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, and accidents during sports and recreational activities.*  Furthermore, alcohol is also a factor in about one fourth of spinal injury accidents. If you have been involved in any of these accidents or events, you should be aware of whether you are showing any signs of spinal injuries. Immediate medical attention can limit the symptoms of spinal injuries, and possibly keep the injuries from affecting your life in such a significant way. Furthermore, if you have been diagnosed with a spinal injury, you should also consult with a spinal cord injury lawyer to see if you can receive medical compensation for your injury.

Common Signs of a Spine Injury

If you have been in an accident, signs of a spinal injury can include:

  • numbness, loss of sensation, or tingling in your fingers, hands, toes or feet
  • difficult or strained breathing
  • pain or pressure in your back, neck, or head
  • paralysis, weakness, or lack of coordination in any body part
  • loss of control over your bladder or bowels

These are only some signs of a serious spinal injury, and sometimes there are little signs of any injury at all. If a spinal injury goes undiagnosed or untreated, more serious injury could occur due to swelling, inflammation, fluid accumulation, or internal bleeding, and the rehabilitation and recovery could increase significantly. Therefore, even if you do not notice any immediate signs of injury, you should seek medical attention after any accident to ensure that your spine has not been damaged.

Possible Symptoms of Spinal Injuries

The reason that you should be checked out by a medical professional immediately is that spinal injuries can have severe symptoms. A thoracic (chest) or lumbar (lower back) injury can cause numbness, weakness, or paralysis in your legs and torso, and can negatively impact or completely disable your sexual function or bladder and bowel control. Cervical (neck) damage can inhibit your ability to breath or move your arms.

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As you can imagine, any of these symptoms can gravely affect your ability to work, complete everyday tasks, and enjoy your life. Additionally, you may require constant care if your injury leaves you paralyzed or otherwise permanently disabled. If your injury has been caused by an accident that was someone else’s fault, you should not hesitate to call me at  888-242-HURT (4878) for a free, immediate consultation.

If I represent you I will not charge any fee until you receive a fair settlement. If it is difficult to come to my office, I will meet you at your home or other location of your choosing

* Source:  National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 

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