The human brain can suffer irreparable damage if it gets struck or shaken, or if a foreign object penetrates. Serious brain damage may also result from a lack of oxygen – a problem that often arises from medical errors during a child’s delivery and birth.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we assist those who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the negligent or intentional acts of others. We understand how TBI can change the lives of victims and their family. We work with the injured to pursue compensation that will help them to move on in their lives with a sense of peace and financial security. Since we founded our law firm in 1982, we have recovered more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.
If you or a loved one has suffered TBI due to the wrongdoing of another in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, contact us today. An experienced Chicago brain injury lawyer from our firm can provide a free consultation and help you to understand your legal rights and options.
Chicago brain injury laws state that the injured party must file a lawsuit within 2 years of the date of the brain damage. The statutes of limitations for personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Illinois is 2 years, and these apply for most traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases.
You may be eligible to file a personal injury claim in Chicago if you have suffered TBI due to the intentional, reckless or negligent wrongdoing of another person, business, government agency or similar entity. The damages you seek may include:
It is important to work with a lawyer who has the skill and resources to conduct a thorough investigation of your TBI. The lawyer should also work with experts to determine the cause of the injury and to assess the impact on your life.
For instance, at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we often work with experts who can prepare a life care plan. This plan provides a detailed description of a patient’s medical and personal care requirements (and costs) for the future. The plan may cover anticipated medical treatment, medication, assistive devices, home modification and more. A life care plan may also address the costs of needed in-home personal assistance or nursing care, professional case management assistance and an eventual move to a nursing home or other assisted living facility.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our lawyers can ensure that all costs identified in a life care plan are properly calculated, documented and demanded in a personal injury claim based on TBI.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, each year in the United States, traumatic brain injury causes:
The CDC also reports that:
Traumatic brain injury arises in many different situations, including:
Motor vehicle accidents –
Workplace accidents –
Medical negligence –
Sports and recreation –
The CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of TBI, while motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths.
Symptoms of TBI can be mild, moderate or severe. It depends on the extent of damage to the brain.
Mild TBI –
A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include:
Moderate-to-severe TBI –
A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show the above symptoms above as well as:
Qualified medical personnel should promptly assess any blow to the head. To minimize the harm brought on by TBI, a victim should be tested, diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
A person with severe TBI may require hospitalization, surgery to repair damaged brain tissue and extensive rehabilitation. The person may also face a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or other degenerative brain disorders.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury in an accident, you may have been told by doctors that the injury is one of these common types of TBI:
A contusion, or bruise on the brain, occurs when a person’s head suffers a direct impact. The swelling, or brain herniation, associated with a contusion is extremely dangerous. The injury may require surgical intervention in order to release pressure and keep oxygen flow to the brain at a safe level.
Diffuse axonal injuries –
This type of TBI involves widespread brain damage. It typically results from a severe jolt, shaking or sudden and powerful rotation of the head such as what happens in a vehicle accident. As the head moves, the brain lags behind in motion and essentially slams against the interior skull and suffers damage in multiple places. Diffuse axonal injury occurs in about half of all severe head traumas.
Anoxic brain injury –
Anoxic brain injury is also called cerebral hypoxia or hypoxic-anoxic injury (HAI). It is a serious, life-threatening injury that occurs when the brain lacks enough oxygen. When oxygen levels are significantly low for four minutes or longer, brain cells begin to die. After five minutes, anoxic brain injury can lead to permanent cognitive and physical disabilities.
Penetrating brain injuries – When some form of impact has broken the skull, pieces of bone and/or a foreign object (such as a bullet) may enter the skull cavity and severely damage brain tissue. The shearing and rupture of nerves and tissue in the brain can lead to permanent impairment or loss of life. These injuries are considered a severe form of TBI and typically require brain surgery to remove foreign objects and repair the skull. The damage may be permanent and cause significant disability.
A person who has suffered TBI may require medical care that includes:
An interdisciplinary team of professionals should provide care for a patient with severe TBI, including a primary care physician, neurologist, surgeon, physical therapist and psychologist. The patient may receive treatment at a trauma hospital and be moved later to a brain injury clinic.
Rehabilitation may begin while the patient is hospitalized and continue on an outpatient basis for several months. Rehab may focus on regaining or strengthening a patient’s physical strength, speech, mobility and memory or cognitive abilities. It may also include psychological counseling that teaches coping skills to a TBI victim.
The costs of this treatment can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars within only a few months’ time after the injury. The costs may be several million dollars over the course of a victim’s lifetime – again, depending on the level of TBI as well as the victim’s age.
Additionally, many victims are left permanently disabled with a severe injury that progressively worsens toward a premature death. They may be unable to go to school or work for a living. Their families are, in turn, faced with the burden of caring for them or placing them in an assisted-living facility, with the latter option eventually proving to be unavoidable in many cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation for your costs and losses, including all current and anticipated medical costs and compensation for pain and suffering.
An experienced and compassionate Chicago brain injury lawyer at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. can help with your traumatic brain injury lawsuit. For a free, no-obligation consultation through our offices in Chicago and Waukegan, call us today or submit our online contact form.