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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brain And Spinal Cord Injuries In Missouri

Catastrophic injuries to the brain and spinal cord present the most severe challenges that an injury victim and his family will ever face. When these tragedies strike, the most critical need is to immediately secure the best possible medical care. Over the next few weeks, after the injury has been fully evaluated and the patient stabilized, it is vital to seek the legal representation of an experienced trial attorney who can:
  • coordinate all available insurance benefits;
  • investigate all private and governmental disability benefits;
  • assist in the provision of all necessary medical care;
  • commence an early investigation of the incident that caused the injury; and
  • begin the comprehensive process of assessing and proving all of the ways in which the victim’s life has been permanently altered, and the legal damages to be sought.
Traumatic Brain Injury

If a person could choose one organ of his body he would never wish to be injured, it would certainly have to be his brain. His abilities, enjoyment of life, relationships and personality - - - the things that comprise his life - - - are all impacted by a brain injury. Those who are disabled by severe brain injuries suffer shortened life spans and work expectancies, the proof of which generally requires the expert testimony of vocational economists and life care planners.
Aside from severely disabling brain injuries, over one million people suffer mild to moderate brain injuries annually as a result of bicycle and pedestrian accidents, falls, on-the-job injuries, and sporting accidents. A National Institute of Health brain injury working group estimates that the largest group of people suffering mild to moderate brain injuries are in the 15 to 24-year-old age group. Many of these injuries involve subtle damage to the brain which is not necessarily revealed by standard neurodiagnostic imaging such as CT and MRI scanning. To fully demonstrate and prove legal damages in these cases, trial lawyers often retain the expert services of biomechanical engineers, neurophyschologists, and neurologists, as well as vocational economists.
The staff at The Glassman Law Firm is committed to spending time with these injury victims and their families in order to determine the substantial changes in the victim’s “before” and “after” injury condition so that appropriate damages may be recovered.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Every year 8,000-10,000 Americans suffer non-fatal spinal cord injuries that impact their medical, psychological, and economic well-being. As in the case of brain injuries, many spinal cord injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, recreational, and on-the-job incidents, most commonly striking males below the age of 35.
These injuries require comprehensive medical and therapeutic management of the immediate condition, and often a lifetime of rehabilitation and learning to cope with permanent disabilities. Proof of these losses require a trial attorney to retain the services of expert therapists, physicians, rehabilitation specialists and life care planners.
The professionals at The Glassman Law Firm are committed to guiding these unfortunate victims and their families through the legal process to assure they receive maximum benefits in order to facilitate the most favorable long-term outcomes.

If your loved one has suffered a brain or spinal cord injury contact The Glassman Law Firm to arrange a confidential and comprehensive discussion of the complex issues that need to be addressed.

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