Automobile accidents are the most common cause of brain and spinal cord injuries.
Brain injuries and spinal damage can result from numerous causes, including:
a sports injury
a botched operation
a car accident
a blow to the head
a complicated birthing experience
a toxic industrial accident
or a slip-and-fall accident
Brain injury is often the result of a serious accident. An individual who suffers a head injury may lose some, or even all, of what is arguably the most precious possession a person has: the mind. The brain controls a person’s ability to think and reason, but also the ability to control the body. Losing even a portion of these capabilities due to brain damage from a head injury can be significant, if not devastating, for the victim and for his or her family. Similarly, spinal cord injury victims often face a lifetime of medical and rehabilitation expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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A sudden, traumatic blow to the spinal column can fracture or dislocate the vertebrae, resulting in a damaged spinal cord. Regrettably, the nerves in the spinal cord do not fully regenerate once injured. The area of the body affected by damage to the spinal column varies with the location of the injury. Generally, trauma to the spinal cord results in loss of movement, or paralysis, as well as a loss of sensation in the body.
Seek immediate medical attention after a head injury, if possible. Doing so quickly may lessen the possibility of permanent brain damage. Severely brain-injured individuals may require a lifetime of medical care and assisted living. Thankfully, not all head injuries lead to severe brain damage, and some traumatic brain injuries may result in only temporary harmful effects. However, every brain injury is serious!