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Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Also Cause a Spinal Cord Injury?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5 million people in the U.S. suffer disabilities from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and more than 500,000 people die each year. Furthermore, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) has revealed that more than 17,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries each year. The complications of spinal cord and brain injuries are severe, and can cause permanent physical, mental, and emotional impairment. Is there a connection between traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries? Can a TBI directly cause a spinal cord injury?

In short, traumatic brain injuries do not cause spinal cord injuries, even though the spinal cord is connected to the base of the brain. However, TBIs and spinal cord injuries may occur simultaneously. For example, if you are involved in a car crash, you may suffer a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury. However, even if you sustain a TBI, this does not mean you are likely to suffer a spinal cord injury as well. Pressure on the brain can cause swelling and other harmful effects that may, in turn, put pressure on the spinal cord. However, TBIs do not directly cause spinal cord injuries.

Dedicated Representation for Injured Victims in California

At Scarlett Law Group, we provide compassionate legal assistance to clients who have been injured by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Whether your injuries were sustained in a car accident, slip and fall, or other type of incident, we can gather evidence to build your case. Negligence individuals must be held accountable for their harmful actions. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury or TBI, our San Francisco personal injury attorneys can guide you through the legal system.

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