Brain & Spinal Injuries FAQs


Specific Injuries FAQs

Q: What is a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

A: Medical professionals define TBI as brain damage suffered because of a sudden physical force or impact. Concussions are considered brain injuries. A 2005 U.S. Department of Defense Study estimated that approximately 20% of all cases of TBI come from motor vehicle accidents and 28% from falls. It is a common misconception that TBI injuries only occur at the time of an accident; if there is bleeding in the brain or other brain damage, TBI will worsen or become apparent over time.

Symptoms of TBI range from mild to severe, and include headaches, balance problems, confusion, vision changes, dilated pupils, and confusion. Severe symptoms include loss of consciousness, coma, paralysis, and respiratory failure. Because TBI usually cannot be reversed, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention if you believe you might be suffering from TBI.


Q: What is a spinal cord injury (SCI)?

A: A spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is damaged either by a disease or from a traumatic impact. SCIs are either complete or incomplete; they are considered incomplete unless the injured person has no voluntary motor conscious sensory function below the location of the injury. The severity depends on where on the spinal cord the injury occurs; generally, the higher on the spinal cord the injury is, the more severe it is likely to be.

Currently, surgery cannot be used to treat spinal cord injuries, so the damages are long-lasting and often catastrophic. An experienced attorney can ensure that your case is analyzed by the best specialists to ensure maximum recovery.


Q: Why are traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injury cases so complicated?

A: Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries are complicated because it is difficult to assess damages. Often, many medical experts and specialists are required to determine the extent of the injury accurately. The same is true for quadriplegia (or tetraplegia) and paraplegia cases. It is important to hire an attorney who experienced in litigating these complex cases. Nicholson Phillips has the experience and relationships with medical professionals to ensure your case is properly evaluated and assist you in obtaining as much recovery as you are entitled to.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, including quadriplegia or paraplegia, Nicholson Phillips has the experience to provide you with the best representation possible. We are dedicated to personal service and will visit you at your home or in the hospital if you are unable to make it to our offices. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your case.