Oregon Brain and Spine Injury Lawyer

Catastrophic Personal injury Attorney Serving Portland and Surrounding Areas

Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury are two of the most challenging medical conditions that anyone can face. They may arise from falls, car accidents, assaults, or negligent medical treatment. They may occur on the job, forcing the injured person through a workers compensation system that has little concern for the complex medical questions involved.

Portland, Oregon personal injury attorney Dane E. Johnson is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those afflicted by serious injuries. We welcome your contact at (503) 975-8298 or online.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” in which symptoms may include a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to “severe,” in which symptoms may include an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

Serious consequences of traumatic brain injury

The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be subtle. Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury or may even be missed, since people may look fine even though they may act or feel otherwise. Common signs and symptoms of a TBI include:

Headaches or neck pain that do not go away

Difficulty remembering, concentrating, or making decisions

Slowness in thinking, speaking, acting, or reading

Getting lost or easily confused

Feeling tired all of the time, having no energy or motivation

Mood changes (feeling sad or angry for no reason)

Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping a lot more or having a hard time sleeping)

Light-headedness, dizziness, or loss of balance

Urge to vomit (nausea)

Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds, or distractions

Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily

Loss of sense of smell or taste

Ringing in the ears

Symptoms of spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don’t completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy the axons, extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.

Serious consequences of traumatic brain injury

Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. An incomplete injury means that the ability of the spinal cord to convey messages to or from the brain is not completely lost. People with incomplete injuries retain some motor or sensory function below the injury. A complete injury is indicated by a total lack of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. People who survive a spinal cord injury will most likely have medical complications such as chronic pain and bladder and bowel dysfunction, along with an increased susceptibility to respiratory and heart problems. Successful recovery depends upon how well these chronic conditions are handled day to day.

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