It’s the situation no one ever wants to think could happen to them: You’re sitting in your car at a red light and the light turns green. You begin to drive into the intersection when, suddenly, you’re struck from the side by a red-light-running driver. The next thing you remember, you’re waking up in the hospital and are being informed that you were in a car accident and sustained a serious, traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). A doctor tells you that the paralysis you’re feeling may be temporary as a result of spinal shock, or it may be permanent — it’s too soon to tell.
Everyday, 8 people are killed in the United States because of car a accident caused by distracted driving. More and more lawsuits are being drawn up based on the damage and injuries that have happened as a result. Distracted driving is exactly what it sounds like. It is when people drive while doing something else at the same time that takes their attention away from the road.
The only thing worse than suffering a brain or spinal cord injury yourself is if someone you love were to suffer a similar incident. The thought of any person you care about undergoing such a terrifying ordeal may make you cringe, but imagine if it was one of your own children whose life was forever changed by a fateful car accident.
A personal injury lawsuit may seem like a scenario that you will never have to face, but the fact that 250,000 people are dealing with a spinal cord injury -- many of which led to subsequent litigation -- puts it into perspective a bit. Anyone can find themselves in the unfortunate situation of seeking relief for some horrific incident caused at least in part by outside forces, especially when one considers that the vast majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by vehicular accidents. Car accidents account for more than 33 percent of these cases, and when it comes time to determine grounds for a lawsuit, one point that will likely be leveraged by the opposing side is whether a seat belt was securely fastened when the accident occurred.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a blow, bump, jolt, or some other injury to the head leads to damage of the brain. Each year, millions of people in the United States suffer from traumatic brain injuries according to the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders.
A young boy has survived a catastrophic road traffic accident which left him with potentially fatal injuries.
Most people may not realize just how often individuals are forced to contend with the debilitating condition that is a spinal cord injury. Reportedly, 250,000 people are currently dealing with the reality of a spinal cord injury.
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