Head and spinal cord injuries differ greatly from other types of damage to the human body. A broken bone normally heals over time, but a severed spinal cord can result in permanent paralysis or quadriplegia. Blows to the body can damage internal organs that eventually heal, but blows to the head can fundamentally change the cognitive abilities and personality of the victim. Lawsuits involving injuries to the brain or spinal cord can be complex and require the legal expertise of a head injury law firm.
When injuries to the brain or spine occur, a legally negligent party may be required to make restitution to injured victims. Possible causes include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slips and falls
- Sports accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Violent acts
Also, if your condition was worsened by poor medical treatment—or medical malpractice—you have the right to seek compensation for your losses from your physicians.
If you or a loved one suffers a brain or spinal injury in the state of Tennessee, contact an experienced Murfreesboro head and spine injury lawyer at McCarter, Catron & East, PLLC today.
Types of head and spinal injuries
Experienced head and spinal injuries lawyers deal with several types of injuries, but two of the most common are traumatic brain injury and traumatic spinal injury.
- Traumatic brain injury is sudden physical damage to the brain—often resulting from a closed head injury—like the impact between the head and dashboard of a car. It can also be caused by a penetrating brain injury, such as a bullet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that brain injuries kill 52,000 Americans every year. About 10 percent of those who survive brain injuries suffer long-term disabilities.
- Traumatic spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes a loss of feeling or mobility. Usually the spinal cord itself remains intact. However, since the spinal cord carries all major nerve pathways between the brain and body, the effects of such an injury can present anywhere.
Causes of head and spinal injuries
Motor vehicle accidents are far and away the most common cause of brain and spinal cord injuries in the United States. If you even suspect damage to the head or spinal cord following such an accident, contact an experienced head and spinal cord injury attorney immediately. You must begin preparing your case and chain of evidence as soon as possible, and only a knowledgeable head and spinal cord injury lawyer can help you do so.
Other common causes of brain and spinal cord injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Acts of violence
- Sports injuries
Also, very young children who are shaken violently can suffer head or spinal injuries.
Contact our Murfreesboro head injury law firm
A Murfreesboro, TN brain injury attorney from McCarter, Catron & East, PLLC is available at 615-278-9016 to speak with you regarding any legal issue, including personal injury, divorce law, family, business, or construction law. You can also use our email form and contact us today for a free initial consultation.