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Understanding 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, Bike Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death


Suffering a serious injury in an Illinois car accident is a scary prospect, and an unfortunate reality for many. One of the most severe types of accident injuries are traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. Around 50,000 people each year suffer fatal TBIs, and an additional 90,000 experience permanent disability. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of TBIs.

Timely diagnosis and treatment is an important part of mitigating the damage of a traumatic brain injury. Without a diagnosis, sufferers are prone to reinjuring the already overwhelmed brain tissue, which can greatly exacerbate the reach, effects, and complications of brain damage. If you’ve been in an Illinois car accident, it’s important to talk to a medical professional as soon as possible to assess a potential injury.

Brain damage can result from a closed head injury. That means you could have a serious or even fatal injury even without any visible wounds. There are many different symptoms, both physical and cognitive, that could indicate the existence of a TBI, including:

  • Seizures – Seizures indicated a disturbance in your brain’s activity. There are many different types of seizures, any of which could indicate a traumatic brain injury. Seizures could include convulsions, lapses into unconsciousness, muscle rigidity, muscle spasms, and other uncontrollable movements or outbursts.
  • Double Vision – Trouble with your vision or other senses, like smell or taste, could indicate a problem with your brain’s ability to process sensory input. If you’re experiencing double vision, blurred vision, having trouble seeing, or sudden blindness, loss of smell or taste, you could be experiencing symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.
  • Speech Impairments – Damage to language centers in your brain could cause the sudden onset of a speech impediment. You could experience symptoms such as slow or slurred speech.
  • Memory Loss – If you’re having trouble with short or long term memory, it could be indicative of a brain injury.
  • Trouble Processing Information – Are you not yourself? Is your brain not functioning the way it usually does? If you’re having trouble processing information, understanding concepts, or find it uncharacteristically difficult to concentrate, you could have damage to your brain.

How a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Can Help After an Illinois Car Accident

If you’ve suffered a brain injury in a car accident, contact a brain injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation.

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