Suffering a severe injury in New Jersey can change your life instantly. Unfortunately, several types of catastrophic injuries can occur to your body and lead to paralysis, hearing loss or neurological damage. Here are four severe injuries that you might suffer from after being involved in an accident:
Spinal cord injury
The spinal cord runs from the neck down to your tailbone. It controls movement throughout your torso and limbs. If your spine becomes fractured or broken, it can crush your spinal cord and cause paralysis. This type of severe injury can be emotionally and mentally challenging as it does not have a cure and will last a lifetime.
Several types of nerve damage can occur. Each one affects your body differently. Some examples of the outcome of a damaged nerve include the following symptoms:
- Inability to hold items without dropping them frequently
- Numbness in your feet and hands
- Muscle weakness
- Buzzing sensation or the feeling of an electric shock in the area affected
Unlike a spinal cord injury, partially damaged nerves may heal. Typically, nerves that have been completely severed will not return to normal.
Vision loss can be devastating, especially if it occurs in both eyes. Suffering a catastrophic eye injury means you lose sight in one or both eyes. Accidents causing a foreign object to hit your eye or lacerate it are common causes. Exposure to certain chemicals can also cause an eye injury to occur.
Traumatic brain injury
The adverse effects of a traumatic brain injury can change a person’s life instantly. These include emotional and cognitive challenges. In severe cases, routine tasks cannot be completed independently, such as feeding oneself or combing hair. Performing acts exposing your head, such as riding a motorcycle, can increase the odds of this catastrophic injury occurring.
Having any of these catastrophic injuries can be life-changing. You may want to seek compensation so that you can pursue effective treatment options.