Most healthy people can't even imagine suffering a life-altering injury that will change their ability to complete day-to-day tasks. But, unfortunately, these types of serious injuries happen with frightening frequency in New Mexico and throughout the country. Car accidents, in particular, are the cause of millions of devastating injuries each year in America. One type of injury that can be particularly difficult to overcome is a spinal cord injury.
Common injury jargon from years past includes terms such as getting "knocked out" or a victim getting his "bell rung." However, as our readers may know, these terms are actually referring to potentially serious injuries, which can occur in sports events, worksite incidents and, probably most commonly of all, car accidents. Invariably, these terms refer to injuries to a person's head or brain.
When New Mexico residents suffer a serious injury in a catastrophic accident, there are many people who are affected by the event. The injured victim may have been a key income earner for the family, or perhaps was the main caregiver for children or an elderly relative. If the victim has suffered a traumatic brain injury, a spine injury or even several broken bones, the long road to recovery can seem daunting to everyone involved.
Some of our readers in New Mexico likely have family members or friends whose lives have been forever changed due to a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI. Many people who suffer a TBI were the victim of a personal injury accident, like a car or motorcycle accident. Those victims, even if they recover to the fullest extent allowable by their injury, may never be the same. With the holiday season approaching, victims of a TBI may have more concerns about managing their symptoms and resultant disabilities.
Traumatic brain injuries - also known as TBIs - are some of the most catastrophic injuries that a person can suffer in an accident of any kind. Typically, these types of serious injuries occur in vehicle collisions, such as truck or motorcycle accidents. But, the injury can occur in other circumstances as well. What they all have in common is that suffering such an injury can leave a New Mexico resident changed for life.
Broken bones are commonly suffered in car accidents. Depending on the particular bone or bones broken, an individual can experience varying severities of pain and physical limitation. While some broken bones may heal relatively quickly and be more of an inconvenience than anything else, other broken bones can be extremely painful and cause long-term discomfort.
Most car accident injuries are readily apparent. A cut that is bleeding, for example, can be quickly identified and treated by paramedics. The same holds true for broken bones and damage to muscles and tendons, in many cases. Some injuries, however, are more difficult to immediately spot, as their symptoms may not appear until days after the wreck. Whiplash may be the most common of these injuries, but the list certainly doesn't end there.
Previously on this blog we discussed the dangers of distracted driving. Although this form of negligence has been around for as long as cars have, distracted driving that involves technology has really taken off over the last decade. At almost any moment, you can glance to your left or right and see another motorists engaging their cell phone while operating their vehicle. Sure, discussing the matter helps raise awareness, but sometimes it takes a real life story to give individuals a clear sense of the ramifications such actions can have.
It doesn't take much for a mistake made on the road or in the hospital to lead to devastating consequences. For many New Mexico residents, these incidences leave them with serious injuries. Among these injuries is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although most people are familiar with the term, and some may have knowledge about what the injury entails, fewer have a firm grasp of just how much work it takes to try to recover from a TBI.
The human body, although resilient, can be extremely fragile. This fact is illustrated by the types of injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. A relatively minor wreck, of course, will likely only result in minor harm, such and bruises and small cuts. Other crashes, though, may leave a victim with serious injuries that can be life-threatening. The effects of these injuries can be long-lasting and leave victims struggling physically, emotionally, and financially.