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Trauma: Brain and Spinal Cord Injury in New York

Injuries to the brain or spinal cord are among the most devastating someone can suffer. Many of the injuries we see are caused by accidents involving force — car accidents, sports injuries, or a fall. Because the brain and spinal cord are the main components of the nervous system, damage to any part of the brain or spine is usually disastrous — and permanent.  These injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a form of acquired damage occurring when the brain is subjected to significant external force — such as a rear-end car accident — causing the brain to shift within the skull.  Movement or penetration of the brain can damage both cognitive and motor ability.
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when vertebrae that normally shield the spinal cord are fractured, broken, or crushed in an abrupt fall, or other accident.  While the spinal cord is usually not severed, even minor damage to the nerve tissue of the cord or spinal nerves interferes with mobility and function below the injury site. The result can be complete or partial paralysis.

Suffering TBI or SCI is a life-altering event, usually requiring a lifetime of healthcare and personal assistance.

Many times accidents that lead to these types of injuries are caused by the negligence of another party, or parties.  Under the rule of pure comparative negligence, you may be entitled to fair compensation for your damages in New York.  If injured, we know what you face. Let us help.

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