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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.

Why do never events happen?

You put a lot of faith in medical providers in Louisiana to give you the best healthcare possible and to make you feel better. Sometimes, though, things do not turn out like you thought they would. In some cases, a never event occurs. This is something that should never happen and that often has serious consequences for you.

What happens to your body in a car crash?

One of the scariest things you may go through is a car accident. While many accidents in Lousiana are very minor fender benders that do not result in serious injury or damage, there are those that are catastrophic. If you have a serious accident, you should understand what your body goes through during it.

What is a spinal cord injury?

Most people in Louisiana know that the spinal cord is an important part of the body but they may not fully understand what it is or does and how an injury to it may impact a person. Because there are so many situations that could contribute to a spinal cord injury, understanding this is important.

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