Accident victims who sustain a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury often require lifelong medical and personal care. The injury lawyers of Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to handle the most serious and catastrophic injuries. You can count on us to clearly explain your rights and walk you through the legal process, step by step. We work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for every client, whether through settlement or trial.
Brain and spinal cord injuries are often the result of severe trauma to the body. Some of the most common causes include:
When a brain injury or spinal injury is caused by someone else’s wrongful or negligent conduct, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney. Whether you were injured in a truck accident or a slip and fall accident, our injury lawyers are equipped to investigate your claim, file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit and aggressively protect your best interests every step of the way.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as an injury that occurs when a sudden physical assault on the head causes damage to the brain. A concussion is the mildest form of TBI, while the most severe brain injuries result in coma or even death. Closed head injuries involve a jarring of the brain against the skull. In a penetrating or open head injury, the skull is fractured.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million Americans sustain a TBI every year. Of those, 52,000 people die, while 275,000 are hospitalized. Children aged 0 to 4, adolescents aged 15 to 19 and adults aged 65 and older are at greatest risk of suffering a TBI. Some of the most common causes include motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents and catastrophic auto accidents.
The diagnosis and treatment of TBI is a long and challenging road for injury victims and their loved ones. Injuries often lead to long-lasting and even permanent cognitive, emotional, and functional impairments. The most severe conditions require permanent care.
The spinal cord’s job is to send signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Injuries to the back and neck can damage the spinal cord and cause a range of temporary or permanent neurological impairments.
The most widely recognized spinal cord injury is paralysis, which can range from incomplete to complete paraplegia. However, neurological deficits can impact every part of the body, including the respiratory, urinary or gastrointestinal systems. These catastrophic injuries also have emotional repercussions, such as depression and anxiety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 200,000 Americans are currently living with spinal cord injuries. An estimated 12,000 to 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Spinal cord injuries most frequently occur in persons younger than 30. Approximately 50 to 70 percent of injuries occur in those aged 15 to 35.
Whether caused by a car accident or workplace injury, spinal cord injuries generally require lengthy medical care and rehabilitation. In the most severe cases, injury victims may lose the ability to care for themselves independently.
Serious head, back and neck injuries can dramatically affect the rest of your life. At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC, our personal injury attorneys work hard to obtain the best possible compensation for our clients. Potential damages include:
To ensure the best possible outcome for your case, we retain reliable experts to calculate the value of your financial and emotional losses. Whether negotiating with insurance companies or arguing at trial, we fight aggressively on your behalf.
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain or spinal cord injury, you likely have a host of medical and legal concerns. With more than 75 years of combined experience, the firm of Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C. is prepared to answer your questions and aggressively pursue the compensation you need to move forward. Call our office today at 423-797-6022 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is located in Bristol, but we also offer hospital or home visits to accident victims and their families.