After a devastating brain or spinal cord injury, you or a family member is likely facing some major adjustments to your lifestyle. Whether you now require a wheelchair to get around or need extra help remembering things, you probably feel frustrated and a bit helpless—especially if you sustained the injury through the fault of another party.
Although we can’t restore what you lost, the legal team at The Musgrove Trial Firm in Norcross, GA will do everything in our power to bring you just compensation.
What Are Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries?
A spinal cord injury happens when damage to the spinal cord blocks communication between the brain and other parts of the body. After the injury, the person’s sensory, motor, and reflex messages will struggle to travel past the point in the spinal cord where the damage occurred.
While some brain injuries can develop from internal conditions such as a stroke or tumor, the brain injuries we deal with at The Musgrove Trial Firm are caused by external factors. These injuries, called traumatic brain injuries (TBI), occur when a bump, blow, or jolt to the head disrupts normal brain function. A mild TBI—a brief change in consciousness or mental state—is commonly known as a concussion.
Common Causes of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Countless situations can cause brain and spinal cord injuries, but here are a few examples:
- Automobile accidents
- Sports accidents, especially in gymnastics or contact sports like football
- Diving into shallow water
- Acts of violence, such as gunshots
- Being struck by or against an object
Common Symptoms of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
In general, the higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more body parts will be affected. Dysfunction is possible across the following areas:
- Loss of movement
- Loss of sensation
- Pain or an intense stinging sensation
- Exaggerated reflex actions or spasms
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity, and fertility
As for brain injuries, the victim should expect a range of physical physical symptoms, including:
- Fuzzy or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Nausea or vomiting upon injury
- Balance problems
Of course, brain injuries also have mental effects. A TBI victim may struggle to concentrate, think clearly and/or quickly, or remember new information. They may also experience changes in mood such as increased irritability, sadness, nervousness, or anxiety. In addition, the injury might affect one’s sleeping patterns, causing them to sleep more or less than usual.
The Musgrove Trial Firm Recovers Full Compensation for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Victims
If you or a loved one sustained a brain or spinal cord injury in Metro Atlanta, The Musgrove Trial Firm is here to help. With over ten years of combined legal experience, our personal injury lawyers will handle your case with the utmost level of care. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.