What Is a Neurological Injury?
Severe neurological injuries can include damage to the spinal cord, nervous system, or brain. Neurological injuries can impact nerves throughout the body, interfering with your ability to think, move, or feel as normal.
Non-fatal neurological injuries are often permanent and typically require a lifetime of medical treatment. The cost of this treatment can be extreme. When these injuries occur as the result of another person’s negligence, a successful civil lawsuit could help offset those costs.
If you or a loved one are living with a neurological injury through no fault of your own, you might benefit from a discussion with a Pittsburgh personal injury attorney.
Understanding neurological injuries
Catastrophic neurological injuries include traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries. Both types of injury could have long-lasting or permanent ramifications.
A traumatic brain injury occurs following severe trauma to the head, such as might result from blunt force trauma. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to paralysis, headaches, changes in personality, or death.
Concussions occur when the brain is violently jolted within the skull. A harder impact could cause the brain to bleed or even strike the skull opposite from the site of the impact.
Spinal cord injuries are commonly associated with paralysis. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that runs from the brain and along the spine. These nerves transmit signals back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body. When the nerves are severed, the body is unable to receive commands from the brain. This makes it impossible to physically control that part of the body. What’s more, signals are also unable to travel from the body to the brain. This prevents the brain from sensing touch or other stimuli.
How neurological injuries occur
Damage to the spine, brain, or nerves could occur in a variety of ways. These injuries could happen at birth or at any point during a person’s life.
Traumatic brain injuries result from an impact to the head. While the injury is often obvious, some brain injuries occur without any outward signs of damage on the skull. Vehicle accidents are commonly associated with traumatic brain injuries. They are also common with falls from a great height. Criminal acts of violence are also a common factor.
For spinal injuries, car accidents are another common culprit. Slip and fall accidents can also lead to spinal damage, even when those falls do not occur from a substantial height. Any fall that results in the head or neck absorbing the fall could cause a spinal injury.
Finally, sports accidents are also another factor. Contact sports like football are more likely than others to lead to a spinal cord injury.
Monetary compensation for a neurological injury claim
If you have suffered a neurological injury due to another person’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated. These injuries often lead to a sharp decline in quality of life, and the cost of treating them can be high.
Not all compensation available in a neurological injury claim is directly related to medical treatment. You also have the right to seek monetary damages for your pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
If your injury results in your inability to return to work, you could also pursue damages for your lost wages.
A Pittsburgh neurological injury attorney at our firm could help you with the process of recovering these damages.
At Chaffin Luhana, we strive to help our clients recover the monetary compensation they are entitled to. Our attorneys take a comprehensive approach to every claim, which has led to the recovery of more than $1 billion on behalf of their clients over the years.
Contact Chaffin Luhana to set up a free, no-obligation case evaluation right away.