A spinal cord injury may result from an impact on the spine by an external physical force, which can then affect the nervous system. Such impacts can leave a patient a paraplegic or a quadriplegic. A head injury resulting from a similar impact can also cause an altered or diminished state of consciousness resulting in a cognitive impairment or reduced physical functioning.
This kind of impairment may be permanent or temporary in nature and cause complete or partial functional disability, with or without psychological maladjustment. In Louisiana, there is a program for patients suffering from such head or spinal cord injuries. It is called the Trust Fund Program and it can help patients pay their medical bills. The program is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals.