The Devastating Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries


November 25, 2010

There is an auto accident in the U.S. every 12 minutes which causes permanent injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other serious long-term physical disabilities in over two million people per year. About 5.3 million Americans currently live with the after-effects of a traumatic brain injury and as many as 400,000 are currently living with a spinal cord injury.

Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are among the most serious and debilitating injuries that can be experienced by someone involved in a motor vehicle crash, commercial trucking accident, SUV rollover accident or fall on a construction site. Both types of injuries frequently result in devastating long-term consequences including a lifetime of medical care and rehabilitative therapy, permanent loss of mental and physical abilities and overwhelming financial turmoil. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those who suffer catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries throughout the Atlanta area and ALL of Georgia for over 25 years.

Catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries can be the result of either negligent (careless) or intentional conduct. The most common causes of these debilitating injuries include the following:

  • Falls 28% (such as falls on construction sites or serious slip and fall accidents)
  • Motor vehicle accidents 20% (including car crashes, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, SUV rollover accidents)
  • Being struck by objects 19%
  • Acts of intentional violence 11%

Regardless of the cause of a traumatic brain injury or spinal injury, the emotional, physical, and financial consequences can be devastating for the accident victim. Accident victims who suffer these serious injuries often require a lifetime of medical treatment and rehabilitative care. Approximately 50% of those who suffer traumatic brain injuries need surgery, while spinal cord injuries frequently involve such serious physical consequences as total paralysis or partial loss of bodily function or sensation.

The number of people who continue to suffer traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries is growing at an alarming rate. 1.4 million people annually suffer traumatic brain injuries resulting in 235,000 hospitalizations and over 50,000 deaths, while approximately 13,000 people per year suffer spinal cord injuries.

These catastrophic injuries can mean enormous medical and rehabilitative costs, along with permanent disability from employment, which can have a huge impact on a family. Some industry studies place the projected cost of treating traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries in the range of tens of billions of dollars per year. The typical first year cost of medical and rehabilitative care associated with a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury is estimated at $800,000 with subsequent years costing $200,000 per year. Without proper compensation for one’s injuries from the responsible party, these astronomical costs combined with the loss of earnings from a breadwinner can financially ruin a family.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia catastrophic injury lawyers have been representing people who suffer catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries in Atlanta and throughout Georgia for over 25 years. We recognize the financial, emotional, and physical toll of serious accidents that result in catastrophic injuries and will represent you or your loved one in seeking the compensation to protect your family’s financial well-being. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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