With the exception of a fender bender, the victims of auto accidents will typically sustain an injury in some form, which could range from bumps and bruises to the loss of a limb, or death.
One of the possible injuries that can be sustained in an auto accident is sensory loss, which may occur in any instance where the spinal cord is damaged— crushed, bruised, bent or otherwise contorted— resulting in an inability to experience one or more of the five senses. In addition, brain damage has been linked to sensory loss, and the head trauma experienced during a car crash has the possibility of resulting in brain damage for the passengers of the vehicle.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety issued a report showing that, in 2011, there were a total of 12,130 car crashes in Chatham County alone, and those accidents resulted in 3,577 serious injuries, and 21 deaths. . It is an unfortunate reality, but crowded roads, impatient drivers and an infinite amount of other factors all contribute to the incidence of traffic accidents in Savannah and the state of Georgia.
If you or someone you know has experienced serious injury from a motor vehicle or other type of accident resulting in sensory loss, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical and mental pain and suffering. With a firmly held belief that everyone should have access to comprehensive legal counsel, at The Eichholz Law Firm we offer 100% FREE case evaluations and can help fight for the justice you deserve.
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Types of Sensory Loss
The spinal cord is strong enough to maintain our bodies’ posture but it is a delicate and complex part of our anatomy. If the spinal cord is damaged in an accident, it may lose its ability to transport neural messages from body to the brain.
Aside from the pain that back injuries can bring, the spinal cord is responsible for passing the sensation messages from our brain to our body and back again. Neurons fire rapidly between the brain, spinal cord and body and any physical damage incurred by the spinal cord or by the brain can result in its inability to effectively pass along those neural messages.
Depending on the area and scope of the damage, the loss of sensation will vary. Some of the most common types of sensory loss include:
This means, if an accident victim experiences sensory loss as the result of a crash, they have forever lost the ability to pick up those messages.
Sight, sound, taste, touch and smell are all vital tools that we use to navigate our way through life. If any one of these senses is lost, the victim loses one of the avenues through which they may experience life, thus, the auto accident will forever affect their quality of life.
Victims of Georgia auto accidents who suffer from blindness, deafness, or dual sensory loss— loss of both sight and sound— will experience difficulties communicating, assimilating information, and living the life they had before the accident.
Common Causes of Sensory Loss
Sensory loss is a possible consequence of any accident affecting the brain or spinal cord, but the most common occurrences are those that involve motor vehicle collisions at high rates of speed.
The following types of accidents are the most common to result in sensory loss for the victim:
- Bike-and-car collisions
- Boating accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Side impact collisions
- T-bone collisions
- …to name a few.
In the event of a serious collision, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Note any pain, loss of sight or hearing, and the particulars of the accident as soon as you are able, as any documentation will aid you in seeking justice for the pain and suffering you have endured.
The financial burden of auto accident sensory loss can be insurmountable, and if you or a loved one has been the victim of a car crash and experienced sensory loss as a result, seeking legal counsel to effectively guide you through the litigation process will be an invaluable strength during such a trying time.
If a driver was behaving recklessly or negligently behind the wheel, you or your loved one may have a very strong case against their behavior, and if you suffered sensory loss as a result, it is imperative that you keep documented records of any and all hospital trips or medical diagnoses.
Savannah Sensory Loss Attorneys
Personal injury litigation can be a complicated process, and at The Eichholz Law Firm we understand the difficulty of experiencing sensory loss from an auto accident, then having to cope with the stresses of life afterward. We want to be the ally that you can depend on to help you understand your rights and fight for compensation that may be owed to you.
We are licensed to practice throughout the state of Georgia, and service clients in:
With over $40 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, we have the knowledge and experience to handle your injury litigation.
To find out how we can help, contact us on (866) 947-7449 and our intake staff will take the details of your accident and then quickly connect you to one of our attorneys that is best suited to handling your specific case.
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