Serious Injuries

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Serious injuries are those that substantially affect, impair or result in the loss of a body organ, member, or system; damage to your cognitive capacity; or that result in permanent and severe disfigurement. These are catastrophic injuries that alter your life forever, and significantly affect your family as well.

Examples of Serious Injuries

A serious injury can result from any kind of accident, including motor vehicle, truck collisions, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and defective products or drugs. Serious injuries include:

Traumatic brain injury
Spinal injuries
Loss of a limb
Loss of hearing or sight
Severe burns
Permanent and significant disfigurement

Brain Injuries

A brain injury ranges from a simple concussion to more substantial injuries such as:

Diffuse axonal injury—disrupts cognitive function
Subarachnoid hemorrhaging—bleeding in the brain from blunt force trauma that can lead to a coma, paralysis and cognitive dysfunction
Subdural or intracranial hematoma—formation of a blood clot from a blow to the head that may not be readily for some time, leading to traumatic brain damage or death

Symptoms of a head injury are:

Mood changes
Memory loss
Sensitivity to light and noise
Balance and coordination issues

Any kind of head injury should be immediately checked by your physician and monitored.

Spinal Injuries

A spinal injury can be a whiplash injury or strain to the tendons, tissues and muscles of the neck and back, but which can traumatize the spinal column. More serious injuries are disk herniation, and complete and incomplete spinal cord injury that causes partial or complete paralysis

Diagnostic testing will confirm spinal injuries. A clinical exam will usually establish where the injury is focused, the degrees of muscle strength and movement, and sensory limitations.

A spinal injury will exhibit various symptoms:

Sensory difficulties such as feeling heat or cold
Numbness and tingling in toes, hands or finger
Inability to control bowel movements or bladder
Loss of sexual function
Partial or complete loss of movement
Breathing problems

In paralysis cases, there is no cure though many patients are able to restore some function though occupational and physical therapy. Early intervention is crucial and can minimize the severity of the injury.

Burn Injuries

Burns can be particularly excruciating and the treatments just as painful. They can result from car or motorcycle accidents, or contact with electrical wires or harsh chemicals.

Burns are classified in four categories from first degree to fourth degree, depending on how deep the burn penetrates into the dermis and epidermis of your skin. Third- and fourth-degree burns are the most severe with skin grafting and reconstruction needed. Emotional distress is often pronounced in these cases.

Permanent Disfigurement and Scarring

Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, and work injuries can result in permanent scarring or loss of an eye, ear or other body party. Many victims experience deep emotional distress and long-term psychological difficulties. Deep scarring can also interfere with motor function from nerve or spinal cord damage.

Any case involving serious injuries require the skills and knowledge of a highly experienced serious injury lawyer who can investigate potentially responsible parties, and all sources of compensation. The severity of your injuries and the impact on your life and family needs to be fully impressed upon insurance adjusters and defense lawyers if you want the most compensation available for your injury claim.

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