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Catastrophic injuries after a motor vehicle accident

Car crashes can lead to a host of injuries, including those that can lead to death. There are injuries that are serious, but won't necessarily lead to death. Some of these injuries are considered catastrophic injuries. Two of these are spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

If you suffer from either of these injuries, you can expect to need considerable medical care. You might also need other care that can lead to more expenses. During this time, you also have to consider the fact that you might not be able to work, which can make your financial situation bleak.

Spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury is especially traumatic because of all the effects it can have throughout the body. When a person presents to an emergency room with a spinal cord injury, there is a flurry of frantic activity. The person will likely come in on a back board to keep the area stabilized. From there, the person will likely have tests done. Once the extent of the damage, including the type and location, is determined, efforts are made to minimize the effects of the injury.

One of the first things that will happen after the injury is neuroprotection. This can include invasive methods like inserting catheters to keep cool saline flowing into the body. Keeping the body cool can prevent some swelling that can have a negative impact on the area. Surgical stabilization and other methods might also be necessary, depending on the injury. Spinal fusion surgery and respiratory interventions might also be necessary as part of the initial or subsequent treatment for the spinal cord injury.

Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are difficult to deal with because these injuries aren't always immediately evident. In some cases, it can take days or weeks for symptoms to appear. When the symptoms do appear, prompt treatment is necessary. These treatments can range from medication to surgery.

In some traumatic brain injury cases, the patient will need to have an intracranial pressure monitor inserted, which is placed beneath the skull. Surgery to drain fluid from the brain might be necessary. In some cases, surgeons have to remove a portion of the skull to allow for the brain to swell without becoming compressed. As you can imagine, these procedures are painful.

For victims of motor vehicle accidents, seeking compensation for these injuries is often possible. Finding out about the process and the damage types you can claim for your case might be beneficial so you can make an informed decision about your case.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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