Over 25 million Americans suffer from some type of disability that restricts their lives, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leading causes of disability in the nation are as follows.
- Acquired injuries, such as from a slip and fall
- Work-related accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
Below we discuss four common long-term injuries that can lead to chronic health compilations and permanent disability.
Head and brain injuries are not uncommon. Actually, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in Americans ages one to 44, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. The effects of a brain injury can include physical, cognitive and emotional impairment, even in mild cases such as concussions.
There is no cure for brain injuries; early treatment focuses on stabilizing the patient and preventing further injury. Long-term treatments include various types of rehabilitation, therapies, treating complications that arise, and assisted living services.
Back, Neck, Shoulder, and Knee Injuries
Back, neck, shoulder, and knee injuries tend to not only be very painful, but they often don’t fully heal. Lingering pain, reduced range of motion, weakness, and greater susceptibility to re-injury are common with injuries in these areas.
Those who have torn the ligaments around their shoulders may never be able to raise their arm past shoulder height again. Those who have broken their backs may suffer long-term debilitating pain, numbness, lack of mobility, and even paralysis if the injury damaged the spinal cord.
Below are a few other potential long-lasting injuries.
- Slipped, bulging, herniated or other spinal disc injuries
- Vertebral fractures
- Shoulder separation
- Serious back and neck sprains and whiplash-related disorders
- Torn rotator cuff injuries
- Meniscus tears
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries refer to damage of the soft tissues, including the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Many people wrongly assume that since they are not as deep of an injury as a fracture or organ damage, they won’t cause long-term consequences. This simply isn’t true. Soft tissue injuries may create ongoing problems.
Below are some examples of soft tissue injuries that may linger.
- Stress injuries
Repetitive Use or Stress Injuries
Repetitive use or repetitive strain injuries are not uncommon in the workplace. Manual labor jobs, factory workers, and office workers are susceptible. Having to stay in the same position for long periods of time or performing the same physical task over and over again can cause lasting damage. People who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, for instance, may require multiple surgeries that don’t ever fully solve the problem.
Below are a few types of repetition strain injuries.
- Trigger finger
- De Quervain’s disease
- Rotator cuff strain
- Tension neck syndrome
- Radial nerve entrapment
- Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Digital neuritis
Consult an Injury Attorney in Peachtree City
Suffering long-term injuries that cause disability can be a very frightening and stressful experience. Even partial disability can be taxing because it can impact a person in every aspect of their lives, from their relationships to their ability to work. Consult your doctor for more specific information about the effects of your injuries, and speak with a lawyer about your options to recover compensation for related damages.
If you suffered serious injuries an incident for which someone else might be responsible, call The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. in Peachtree City. You might be able to recover compensation and benefits via an injury claim or lawsuit. Contact us today at 404-474-to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Or contact us via our online contact form.