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Catastrophic Injuries Archives

Car accident victims may not know they have brain injuries

Car accidents are so common in the Lake Charles area that many people are becoming desensitized to them. They shrug off their significance until they are in one and forced to deal with the aftermath. Many of them also assume that most car accidents they may be involved in will result in minor injuries at most. It is far more common for individuals to sustain broken bones, brain trauma and die from their wounds in car accidents than it is for them to emerge from their vehicles unscathed.

Most slip-and-fall events are preventable

Each year, countless people in the Lake Charles area slip, trip and fall. Some of these incidents occur inside of their homes. However, a growing number of slip-and-fall accidents happen in nonresidential places like in work environments, stores, entertainment venues and restaurants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31,959 people die in fall accidents. Many more individuals suffer mild to catastrophic injuries, such as concussions, bone fractures and brain trauma. 

What are the effects of a spinal cord injury?

While you may be aware of the immediate effects of a spinal cord injury, there are more consequences that may occur. Paralysis is typically the immediate affect people think of when they think of the injuries due to spinal cord damage. The amount of paralysis and the other effects from the injury may depend on where the damage is located and whether it is complete or incomplete.

Can you help a loved one cope with a traumatic brain injury?

If you have a loved one who has recently been the victim of a traumatic brain injury in Louisiana, you may be wondering how you can help them. Fortunately, your concern, sensitivity and attentiveness can allow you to provide relief in many forms as you help to expedite their healing process.

Amnesia: Causes, symptoms and treatment

Amnesia is one of those conditions that has been romanticized by Hollywood and in books. However, for people in Louisiana who actually suffer from the condition, it is anything but a fairytale. Amnesia is a condition of the brain, and because the brain is not 100 percent understood yet, it means the condition is not either. According to Medical News Today, the general definition of amnesia is the inability to recall or retain memories.

The causes of spinal cord injuries

Victims of car collisions and other types of accidents in Louisiana and throughout the nation may be left with serious injuries that can affect their lives for years to come. Spinal cord damage is just one type of catastrophic injury that may cause permanent damage to people who become involved in an accident. The fragile nerves of the spinal cord can be damaged when the hard, bony vertebrae is fractured, crushed, compressed or dislocated. These vertebrae press against or crush the fragile nerves that run through the spinal column. This may cause swelling, inflammation and bleeding. Fluid may begin to accumulate around the spinal cord, causing even more damage.

Traumatic brain injuries: What you should know

Whether you are the victim of a serious car collision or a minor fender bender, you may receive a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident. Brain injuries are involved in approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths. By understanding how to spot the signs of traumatic brain damage, you may be able to seek immediate medical attention and maximize your chances of recovery.

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