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Recovering Damages for a Brain Injury after an Illinois Car Accident

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Bus Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents


Did you know that motor vehicle accidents account for almost 15 percent of all traumatic brain injuries in the United States? Brain injuries typically occur when direct force from a collision jerks your head forward or backward. This sudden motion can cause your brain to strike against the hard skull. Head injuries can also result from whiplash, penetration or fracturing of the skull, and impact against the dashboard or windshield.

Unfortunately, car accident-related brain injuries have become a major cause of death and disability in adults and children. Possible side effects include:

  • Memory loss
  • Concussion
  • Paralysis
  • Vision, hearing, and sensation loss
  • Impaired cognitive behavior
  • Diminished motor skills
  • Impaired emotional functioning
  • Loss of consciousness/coma

In addition, Forbes Magazine recently named car crashes as a leading cause of fatal head trauma among teenagers. Out of more than 55,000 teenage drivers and passengers injured between 2009 and 2010, 30 percent of them suffered acute head injuries, concussions, skull fractions, and serious brain damage. Because making a full recovery from a brain injury can be extremely difficult or even unachievable, car accidents often inflict long-term damages upon victims and their families.

How an Experienced Attorney Can Help

When you or your loved one suffers a serious brain injury after an Illinois car accident, you have the right to seek legal compensation. If a negligent driver caused your accident, you should not be held responsible for the damages. Through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you can potentially recover damages for:

  • Medical expenses: brain injuries often require extensive medical care and treatment. Because standard insurance may not be able to cover hospitalization and special testing, you will likely have to pay out of pocket. A successful claim can help you recover damages for hospital bills, x-rays, physical therapy, and long-term treatment.
  • Disability: traumatic brain impairments can lead to permanent physical or neurological disabilities, which will negatively affect daily function, job performance, and future earning potential.
  • Loss of wages: injuries from a critical car accident can require you to take unpaid time off from work in order to heal. You may even be fired from your job or forced to go on medical leave.
  • Loss of normal life: since the brain is arguably the most important organ in your body, any permanent damage will significantly impact your life. After a brain injury, you may not be able to talk, move, or manage social interactions in the same way as before.
  • Pain and suffering: serious brain damage inflicts pain and suffering not only on victims, but also on their family members. Their parents, spouse, or children will have to bear the burden of caring and providing for the family.

The experienced Illinois attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you recover damages for a brain injury, and fight for the maximum compensation that you deserve. We have a successful track record of helping Illinois victims like you recover financially after a tragic accident. Find out more information today by contacting a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at (312) 236-2900. We can schedule a free case assessment to discuss your legal options.

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