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Brain/Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic brain injury occurs when trauma causes damage to the brain. Injury can result when the head hits an object, or when an object enters the brain tissue. The most common causes of injury, include, motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults, and sports injuries. A closed head injury may occur without leaving tissue damage, and it can result in extensive neurologic deficits, including: Partial to complete paralysis Cognitive, behavioral, and memory problems Persistent vegetative state. A concussion is a type of closed head injury. While most people fully recover from a concussion, there is evidence that accumulated injury to the brain, even moderate injury, causes long-term effects. Common behavioral problems include: verbal and physical aggression; agitation; learning difficulties; poor self-awareness; altered sexual functioning impulsivity; anger; memory deficits; speech difficulties.
Even at low speeds, with little automobile damage, whiplash that results in TMD injury, can occur. Unlike other symptoms of whiplash, such as sore neck, or back pain, TMD injuries may not be noticeable, until long after the accident occurred. For most people, the symptoms of TMD injury begin to show up much later, after the whiplash injury and tend to worsen over time. Up to 87% of people who suffer whiplash injure their TMD. This problem is particularly prevalent in patients who were involved in a rear-end collision. If you have the following symptoms: Pain in the musculoskeletal structure of the jaw, pain while chewing or talking; inability to open your mouth fully; asymmetry when opening the mouth; changes in your bite; ringing in the ears or a feeling of stuffiness; earaches without an infection; sounds of clicking or popping during jaw movement development of vertigo, go see a dentist or a doctor as soon as possible.
Whiplash is a common injury that occurs to a person's neck following a sudden acceleration-deceleration force, that causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck. The most common cause of whiplash is from motor vehicle accidents. The term "whiplash injury" describes damage to both the bone structures and soft tissues, while "whiplash associated disorders" describes a more severe and chronic condition. Fortunately, whiplash is typically not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability. While most people involved in minor motor vehicle accidents recover quickly without any chronic symptoms, some continue to experience symptoms for years after the injury. Sometimes, chronic pain is the result of injury to the bony spine, such as a disc bulge, or even nerve damage. It is important to seek prompt treatment.
If you have been bitten by a dog, remove yourself from the scene as soon as possible. If it is safe to do so, determine where the dog came from, the breed of the dog, and most important, the owner of the dog. If this is a dangerous or stray dog, call animal control or 911. Determine whether or not blood vessels, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, or internal organs, have been damaged. Determine the risk for rabies and the need for treatment to prevent the disease. Determine if you need a tetanus shot. Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure. Seek medical attention immediately. Obtain the names and phone numbers of witnesses, and contact an injury lawyer.
When a person dies as a result of the negligence of another person, family members of the deceased may be able to bring a claim against the person whose negligence resulted in the fatality. Claims may be made for compensation for loss of care guidance and companionship, loss of the value of the deceased's housekeeping contribution, loss of income, grief counselling and funeral and other expenses. At Iginla & Company, our lawyers will help you understand your legal rights and options arising from the difficult circumstances of the death of a loved one. Contact our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.
If you have sustained injury, as a result of an assault, you may be entitled to compensation from the Alberta Victims Crime Fund. A time expiry date for financial benefits exists. You may also be able sue the person who assaulted you, and in some cases, the Bar where the assault occurred, may also be liable. It is important that you remove yourself from the scene as soon as possible. If, circumstances permit, obtain the names and phone numbers of witnesses. Most drinking establishments have video surveillance, but the recordings are available for a limited time and so it is important that you contact an injury lawyer, as soon as you are able to.
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