Together, the brain and spinal cord create what is known as the human central nervous system or CNS. Just as the name suggests, the central nervous system is absolutely central to the function of the human body. Together, the brain and spinal cord control everything else the body does. Understandably, injuries to the central nervous system can cause severe and lifelong disability as well as mental trauma.
Types of injury to the brain and spine
Traumatic injury to the brain caused by accidents or violence can result in a number of widespread effects, depending on the part of the brain that has been damaged. If the language centre has been damaged, the victim may find that they are unable to communicate. If the pituitary gland is injured, they could develop hormonal disorders. More generally, injuries to the brain can result in memory loss and difficulty in retaining or making new memories, problems concentrating, problems with movement and executive function and difficulty solving problems. In rare cases, traumatic brain injury can also result in personality changes.
Injuries to the spine can cause a huge range of problems including an inability to regulate heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature, an inability to control the bladder and bowels, sexual dysfunction, loss of sensation and partial or complete paralysis of all areas of the body. Spinal injuries range from ‘incomplete’ injuries where some function is retained in the affected area to ‘complete’ injuries where no function remains.
Eligibility for compensation for brain and spinal injuries
If you have been in an accident that wasn’t your fault and have received a brain or spinal injury as a result, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists in order to compensate the victims of others’ negligence both in terms of material losses and suffering.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you’d like to find out more about personal injury compensation, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. The lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our advisors will be happy to discuss your particular situation in detail and let you know whether or not you are likely to be eligible as well as how much compensation you could potentially receive based on legal precedent. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which is personally endorsed by consumer champion Esther Rantzen. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will be done on a no win, no fee* basis.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown