Common Medical Terms For Accident Injuries
Medical Terms You May Hear From Your Personal Injury Attorney, Part II
We’re continuing our theme of explaining common medical terms that may arise during a personal injury case. Our intention with these posts is to help you better understand the terms that may be used in a personal injury case so you feel more confident if and when the terms come up during your case. We have found that the better our clients are able to understand their case, no matter what aspect of it, the less worry and anxiety they experience. That said, here’s a look at some more common medical terms that arise as a result of accident injuries.
More Personal Injury Medical Terms
Traumatic Brain Injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) result from sudden, severe head movement or striking the head. TBI’s are also referred to as concussions. They can happen after one incident, such as a car or motorcycle accident, or they may occur after the brain has been repeatedly jostled inside the skull – something we are starting to see more and more in boxing and football players. A TBI can lead to short or long-term, temporary or permanent problems that affect everything from cognition, memory, and personality to bodily functions.
Central Nervous System. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system. Working together, they control your body with the brain sending and receiving messages through the spinal cord. Damage to the central nervous system can range from short-term and minor to serious and even permanent injuries like paralysis.
Gait. Your gait is how you walk. Accident injuries like fractures or spinal column injuries can affect your gait, which may affect your ability to walk/move around.
Dismemberment. Any loss of a body part is considered dismemberment. Sometimes the lost body part can be successfully reattached, but in many other case this is not possible. Even with reattachment, many people end up with permanent loss of feeling or function in the body part. In almost every dismemberment situation, the victim must undergo extensive physical therapy and/or surgeries.
Fusion. Some bone fractures can be fused back together. Fusion techniques include the use of plates and screws to hold bones in place while they heal. Once healed, the plates and/or screws may be removed, but in many cases, they are left permanently in the bone.
Paralysis. Paralysis refers to the loss of voluntary body control due to damage to the central nervous system. It may be temporary or permanent and can be caused by accident injuries, strokes, or diseases. When paralysis affects a single muscle, an entire muscle group, or a sole body part it may be called palsy.
Visit A Personal Injury Attorney At Eisenberg Law To Assess Your Situation
There are many different types of accident injuries, diagnoses, and outcomes and no two cases are ever alike. Some people suffer minor injuries, recover quickly, and go on with their lives with no ill effects. Others experience significant life changes as a result of accident injuries and benefit from damages awarded during a personal injury lawsuit.
The only way to know for certain whether or not you have a case is to contact a personal injury attorney for advice. Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison, WI offers free case consultations with a personal injury attorney to help you assess your situation and decide on the best course of action. Arrange a free, no obligation consultation by calling 608-256-8356 or emailing Info@EisenbergLaw.org.