Around 1.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year in the US. Serious brain injuries result in fatalities more than 50,000 times every year. Annually, approximately 80,000 people are left with lifelong disabilities after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Stories of people affected by defective products are becoming very common. Defective products may include toys, machinery, household items, cribs, or other equipment. Defective products may be dangerous when they do not carry appropriate warnings or complete instructions.
Dog Bites/ Animal Attacks
Nearly five million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. Estimates indicate that over half of all dog bite attacks occur in someone’s home. Most dogs are great pets, offering great companionship and security. Unfortunately, many attacks occur because dog owners are not properly supervising and securing their dogs, and some dogs are not friendly companions but are out of control and dangerous. Often, children are the victims of dog bites, and many of the attacks go unreported.
Catastrophic injuries may take place suddenly and without warning. Injuries that can be classified as catastrophic may include brain and spinal cord injuries, paralysis, chronic pain, dismemberment, severe burns, and multiple fractures.
Injuries to Children
We all recognize that children are much more vulnerable than adults and must be protected in all situations. Even with this understanding, we know that injuries can still occur. Often, these injuries are not serious, and children recover quickly. In some cases, children are seriously injured, and parents are obligated to protect their children by learning of their legal options and taking appropriate legal action.
Paralysis is the complete loss of muscle function in one or more muscle groups. This injury may be caused by injuries that damage the nervous system, brain, and spinal cord, which may result in either paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the paralysis of the legs, while quadriplegia is the paralysis of both arms and both legs. The level of impairment resulting from a spinal cord injury will depend on which portion of the cord was injured. For the most part, areas of the body below the damaged point will be affected. For example, a mid-back injury may paralyze a person below the waist (paraplegia), while a neck injury may paralyze all four limbs, resulting in quadriplegia.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Approximately 450,000 people in the United States live with spinal cord injuries, and there are around 10,000 new cases every year. Statistics show that the majority (approximately 80%) of spinal cord injury victims are 16–30-year-old males. Fifty percent of spinal cord injuries are the result of a car or truck accident. Other causes include physical violence, fall accidents, and sports-related accidents. The majority of spinal cord injuries result in permanent disabilities, which require medical and legal attention. Additional physical symptoms, as well as psychological trauma, may accompany spinal cord injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other anxiety disorders. With any serious spinal cord injury, it is important to consult an injury attorney to make sure you review and understand the issues of liability and compensation.
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