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TBIs are often considered catastrophic injuries

Though car accidents happen every day in Louisiana and across the country, they are anything but mundane. People's lives can be changed forever after a crash because of catastrophic injuries. In particular, a person involved in a car accident could suffer a traumatic brain injury that leaves him or her facing many hardships.

Spinal shock can be a complication of catastrophic injuries

A car accident can change any Louisiana resident's life in an instant. Some may be lucky enough to avoid physical harm, but others could suffer catastrophic injuries. In many cases, those life-changing injuries can have side effects and complications that make the ordeal even more harrowing.

Catastrophic injuries can have long-lasting effects

Any type of serious accident can have life-changing outcomes. For some people, catastrophic injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, could result from various incidents, from falls to car accidents. Unfortunately, these incidents could occur due to the recklessness or negligence of another person while the victim ends up suffering.

Louisiana truck/train collision has an unusual fatality

Nearly everyone knows that collisions involving large trucks are often deadly. When motor vehicles or pedestrians come up against a train, the results can be even more devastating. Almost nothing can withstand the sheer size, speed and force of an oncoming train. At the Hale Law Firm, we have seen numerous cases that ended up with atypical results. One such incident may surprise you and other Louisiana residents.

What defines a catastrophic injury?

If you were in a car accident, injured at work or otherwise hurt, your injuries may seem like a catastrophe to you, especially when you are in serous pain and have not yet fully recovered. However, “catastrophic injuries” has a certain meaning in the legal community, which you and other Louisiana residents may find interesting to learn about.

How long do comas last?

Lake Charles families who are caring for someone in a coma understand the agony of hoping their loved one pulls through. If you know someone who is currently in a coma, you may wonder how long the coma will last. There is no hard and fast answer, as coma patients may experience any number of different outcomes. Some people become fully conscious and are able to resume a normal life, while others may spend the rest of their lives in a coma.

Can you help your family member with a TBI to set goals?

When you find out that your loved one has been involved in a catastrophic situation that has resulted in a traumatic brain injury, your first thoughts may center on the likelihood of a full recovery. In serious cases, your family member may experience long-lasting effects that ultimately affect his or her ability to live life the same way as before the accident. However, with a well-rounded team of medical professionals in Louisiana, your loved one has a much higher chance of being able to recover and embrace the changes that resulted from their accident. 

Understanding the Glasgow Coma Scale

After your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Lake Charles, the first and most important question you likely have for their caretakers will be if they can recover (and if so, what extent)? Answering that question with anything approaching exactness may seem impossible, yet people come to us here at the Hale Law Firm all the time asking it anyway. Like them, you may be surprised to learn that clinicians can develop a reasonably good idea of what one's long-term prognosis following a TBI can be thanks to a test known as the Glasgow Coma Scale. 

What is amnestic syndrome?

A catastrophic head injury in Louisiana may result in amnestic syndrome. You may recognize amnestic syndrome by its more commonly known name of amnesia. According to the Mayo Clinic, amnestic syndrome stems from damage to the areas of the brain that process memory. This damage can result from catastrophic injury such as severe trauma. Other possible causes include seizures, strokes, inflammation of the brain, tumors, degenerative neurologic conditions and alcohol or drug use. Amnestic syndrome can also result from psychological trauma. The term for this is dissociative amnesia, and it is one of the rare instances in which a sufferer may lose autobiographical information or personal memories, although this is usually temporary. 

How does rehabilitation help spinal cord injuries?

A spinal cord injury is devastating. Depending on the location of the injury, it could mean you lose the ability to use your legs or it could paralyze you from the neck down. There is no cure or fix for a spinal cord injury. However, rehabilitation can help you to feel and live better. There are many ways that rehabilitation helps and many reasons why your doctor will insist you do it.

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