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RI Car Accident Attorney | Spinal Cord & Head Injury

Spinal cord injury in Rhode IslandThere are hundreds of different types of injuries that could result from a car accident in Rhode Island such as a spinal cord injury. These Motor Vehicle crash Injuries range from the standard whiplash injury to fractured vertebrae and could even include paralysis. If you are injured in an auto crash in RI, then you should immediately consult with a Providence Personal Injury Attorney. (Providence means the “providence area” such as East Providence (Riverside & Rumford), Providence, Central Falls, Barrington, Bristol, Warren, Pawtucket, Cranston and Warwick)

Motor vehicle accident

Of course, these same types of injuries set forth in this Rhode Island Personal Injury Post are also caused by RI trucking accidents, motorcycle collisions, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, bus wrecks as well as premises liability mishaps. This post addresses some of the most common injuries resulting from Auto Collisions or bicycle accidents in the Ocean State, namely: Spinal Cord Damage and Traumatic head Injury.

Spinal cord injuries:

Injuries to the spinal cord caused by automobile crashes or tractor trailer truck accidents in Rhode Island are often very painful and recovery can be a long and difficult process.  The victim is left with lost wages, substantial medical bills, ambulance bills and emergency rooms costs. The injured victim may also have substantial bills as a result of a lengthy hospital stay or even a surgery. To add insult to injury, a person could lose employment or the opportunity to obtain a job or career a as a result of an 18 wheeler crash.

This is not even taking into consideration other damages a victim may suffer such as loss of earning capacity,  wheelchair, medical device expenses, prescription (drug) costs as well as future disability.Obviously, the worst part about being injured in a car accident in Rhode Island is the pain and suffering that you will endure, not to mention the hassle of the frequent trips to medical providers such as chiropractors and physical therapy visits. This isn’t even taking into consideration the complexity and time expended attempting to repair you motorcycle, van or automobile.

If you are seriously injured in a motorcycle, construction accident or pedestrian accident, it is crucial that you retain the best Personal Injury Attorney in Rhode Island to help you get the highest possible settlement.If the spinal cord injury occurred to an employee during the course of their employment, they may have a Rhode Island Workers Compensation claim also.

Spinal cord injury from car or motor vehicle crash

Comprehending the causes of spinal cord damage resulting from motor vehicle collisions and semi- truck wrecks  is crucial to having a full understanding of your injuries. Spinal cord injuries are not just caused by bicycle, motorcycle or an auto rear-ender but can result from diving into a pool, a fall or a motorcycle accident. Some spinal cord injuries are also caused by a person landing on  their head in an accident at a sporting game or even a gunshot wound.

According to Medlineplus:

“Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:

  • Head that is in an unusual position
  • Numbness or tingling that spreads down an arm or leg
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Paralysis (loss of movement) of arms or legs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Shock (pale, clammy skin; bluish lips and fingernails; acting dazed or semiconscious)
  • Lack of alertness (unconsciousness)
  • Stiff neck, headache, or neck pain” http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spinalcordinjuries.html

According to the Mayo Clinic: “Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself. A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of your vertebrae.” Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/basics/causes/con-20023837

 Traumatic Head Injury:

When a Traumatic Brain Injury is caused by another person or entities reckless actions , negligence or intentional criminal conduct,  the victim is entitled to seek damages to compensate her for ther pain and suffering medical bills, lost wages  as well as disabilities. Head trauma is most often cause caused by a blow to the head. “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to damage to the brain caused by an external physical force such as a car accident, a gunshot wound to the head, or a fall. A TBI is not caused by something internal such as a stroke or tumor, and does not include damage to the brain due to prolonged lack of oxygen (anoxic brain injuries)”  http://www.msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/Understanding-TBI/What-Happens-During-Injury-And-In-Early-Stages-Of-Recovery

TBI

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010 2.5 million TBIs occured either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/

“A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the  normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a  TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in  mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of  unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.” http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/

“National Spinal Cord Injury Association, the membership division of United Spinal, was founded in 1948 to improve the lives of all paralyzed Americans.” http://www.spinalcord.org/  Lawyers Link Client’s Injuries To Initial Impact In Auto Negligence Case “Spinal cord injury occurs when the bony protection surrounding the cord is damaged by way of fractures, dislocation, burst; compression, hyperextension or hyperflexion; Some of the resultant types injury go by the terms cauda equina, conus medularis, central and anterior cord syndrome, or Brown-Sequard syndrome.”

http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.mtKZKgMWKwG/b.4514603/k.77E9/Spinal_Cord_Injury_Types.htm Cervical Spinal Cord Injury C1 – C8 — Quadriplegia also known as Tetraplegia Cervical level injuries cause paralysis or weakness in both arms and legs (quadriplegia). All regions of the body below the level of injury or top of the back may be affected.” http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.mtKZKgMWKwG/b.4514603/k.77E9/Spinal_Cord_Injury_Types.htm