Slip-and-fall accidents continue to be alarmingly common in New Jersey and across the country. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute, these accidents send more than a million Americans to the emergency room annually.
Sadly, if you hit your head during a slip, trip or fall, you are vulnerable to a traumatic brain injury. As far as TBIs go, it does not get much more serious than a brainstem injury. If you have this type of brain injury, you may wonder if your life will ever return to normal.
What is your brainstem?
Your brainstem sits between your brain and the top of your spinal column. This vital brain structure helps with balance, breathing, heart rate and movement. While it is possible to suffer a minor injury to part of your brainstem, more serious injuries are not exactly rare. Indeed, you even can sever your brainstem from your spinal cord in a slip-and-fall accident.
What is your prognosis?
A brainstem injury is not something anyone should take lightly. If you suspect you may have injured yours, you must seek immediate medical care. Your prognosis, however, depends on both the extent of your injury and your overall health. Still, even if you only have a minor injury, you are likely to need rehabilitation and certain modifications to help you cope with your new way of life.
You simply may never recover completely from a brainstem injury, particularly if your injury is a catastrophic one. Ultimately, by pursuing financial compensation, you have the means to treat your injury effectively.