Traumatic brain injury, also called TBI, occurs when the brain is injured by a sudden force, or trauma. The brain can be driven into the skull by a sudden blow, or by the force of shaking or “whiplash.” In either case, the brain can suffer bruising and swelling, and in some brain damage cases the impact will be sufficient to tear blood vessels in the brain, causing intracranial bleeding. Some traumatic brain injuries heal and cause little permanent effect. Those who suffer permanent brain damage from TBI, however, experience a wide range of disabilities, including the following:
- Memory loss
- Cognitive problems
- Learning disabilities
- Personality changes
- Mood swings
- Impaired communication skills
Over 10,000 people in the US suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year, and as a result live with disabling paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other nerve damage. The loss of function, mobility, sensation, bowel control, or bladder control has a far-reaching impact on a person’s life. If you have suffered a spinal cord or back injury, it is important that you get sound legal advice before accepting any insurance settlement, so you recover maximum compensation for your loss.
When a small delicate organism like the human body is involved in the collision of two or more large solid objects like automobiles, something has to give – and that something is frequently the neck. The human head is relatively heavy in relation to the neck and a sudden impact gives you no time to brace yourself to prevent the forceful head movement know as “whiplash”.
Whiplash is the term used to describe the motion of the neck when an impact causes the head to be “snapped” (moved quickly in a direction opposite the direction of impact). It is also known as CAD (cervical acceleration/deceleration) trauma or syndrome. The sudden sharp movement can cause damage to the joints of the neck, as well as the nerves, muscles, and discs. In extreme cases, not only is the neck damaged, but the brain is bruised. These injuries can include dizziness, headache, pain in the body and arms, and, in the case of brain injury, blurred vision, tinnitus, nausea, vertigo, and numbness. All of these injuries can lead to long-term pain and disability.
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