The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. In nearly one-third of the country’s injury-related deaths, TBI is a contributing factor, the CDC states.
TBI involves sudden damage to the brain. It is caused by the head being struck, violently shaken or penetrated by an object. It often results from falls, motor vehicle accidents and work- and sports-related incidents.
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If you or a loved one has suffered TBI due to the wrongdoing of another in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, contact us today. We can provide a free consultation and help you to understand your legal rights and options.
There are many situations in which a person may suffer TBI, including:
Motor vehicle accidents –
Sports and recreation –
Workplace accidents –
Medical negligence –
In some instances, a person who has been involved in an accident may be unaware that he or she has suffered TBI. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of the condition, which depend on the level of TBI.
Pay attention to the following if you or a loved one has suffered a blow to the head in an accident:
Mild TBI –
Moderate-to-severe TBI –
It is crucial to seek immediate medical attention after an accident. In order to minimize the harm brought on by TBI, a victim must be tested, diagnosed and treated as promptly as possible.
The following are common types of TBI:
A concussion is a mild form of TBI. The victim may have suffered a few seconds or minutes of unconsciousness or maintained consciousness while being dazed, confused and disoriented. A concussion can lead to painful headaches, balance problems and dizziness as well as personality changes, depression, anxiety and other emotional issues. Any blow to the head, whether in a fall or in a minor car accident or other incident, should be assessed by qualified medical personnel at once. Repeat concussions may lead to dementia or a progressive, degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
A contusion occurs when the head has suffered a direct impact. It is akin to a “bruise on the brain.” The bleeding and swelling associated with a contusion are extremely dangerous. The injury may require surgical intervention to release the pressure and keep the oxygen flow to the brain at a safe level. In many cases, contusions must be removed surgically.
Diffuse axonal injuries –
These brain injuries typically result from shaking or a sudden and powerful rotation of the head, which often takes place in a vehicle accident. As the skull moves with impact, the brain lags behind in motion. Torn nerve tissues will disrupt normal brain function, including communication, and impact chemical processes that allow the brain to function normally.
Penetrating brain injuries –
When an impact has broken the skull, pieces of bone may enter the skull cavity and severely damage brain tissue. The shearing and rupture of the 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 surgery to remove the foreign objects and repair the skull. The damage to the brain may be permanent and lead to disability.
A person who has suffered TBI may require medical care that includes:
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.
Additionally, many victims are left permanently disabled. They may be unable to go to school or to work for a living. Their families are, in turn, faced with the burden of caring for them or placing them into an assisted-living facility.
If you or a loved one has suffered TBI due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another, you have a right to seek full and fair compensation for your damages, including:
Contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. who can help with your brain injury lawsuit. We have offices in Chicago and Waukegan, and we represent clients throughout Illinois. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call us today or submit our online contact form. We want to help in your recovery.
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