Chicago Brain Injury Lawyer
All types of car accident injuries can be traumatic, but head and brain injuries could be the most tragic. Head or brain injuries can have lifelong consequences. Not only can a brain injury affect almost every aspect of your everyday functioning and interfere with your ability to live a normal life, it can even alter your personality. In addition, head and brain injuries can result in chronic pain, disability, and often require extensive treatment.
If you’ve suffered a brain or head injury, you likely have significant medical bills. You may have lost time away from work, or been unable to perform normal household tasks. Your emotions could be out of control and affecting your relationships with your family and friends. You also could have some temporary or permanent disability.
If you have sustained a brain injury from a car accident because of another party’s negligence, contact the skilled Chicago car accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to discuss your legal options and possible compensation for your damages.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be sustained after both a closed and penetrating head injury. A closed head injury is blunt force trauma to the head without breaking the skull, while a penetrating head injury is a wound that breaks through the skull. An estimated 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States, making them the most common form of brain injury. About 52,000 of these individuals lose their life while 275,000 are hospitalized and 1.365 million are treated and released from a medical emergency department. Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries involve:
- Being struck by or against an object
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Dangerous or defective products
- Mild, Moderate, & Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
A brain injury is serious but the right Chicago brain injury attorney can fight for the compensation you deserve. If you have sustained a brain or head injury due to someone else’s negligence, call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today.
Effects of TBIs
TBIs can be mild like a concussion, moderate, or severe which can be life threatening and require long-term treatment. Mild TBIs heal more quickly with the majority of symptoms subsiding within minutes, hours, or days. Moderate to severe TBIs are more serious and can have long-term effects on:
- Cognitive functions such as attention and memory
- Motor functions such as coordination and balance
- Sensory processing such as sight and hearing
- Emotion and personality changes
- Concussion Symptoms
Approximately 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are classified as mild. Symptoms of mild TBIs can include the following:
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or remembering new information
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech
- Stiff neck
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Irritability, sadness, or anxiety
- Changes in sleep patterns
Some symptoms such as nausea may appear immediately, while others can take hours or even days to develop. Because of the many serious consequences that are possible with any brain injury, if you suffer any type of blow to the head in an accident it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs gives medical professionals a chance to address the injury by conducting necessary surgeries or procedures to stop bleeding or relieve pressure. If you wait too long to see a doctor, your life could be severely impaired.
A strong impact in an accident can result in skull fractures. Symptoms may include swelling, tenderness, bruising, and bleeding from the nose or ears. Skull fractures can be mild and heal on their own or they can be serious enough to require surgery. The severity of a skull fracture may depend upon the force and angle of the impact, the location on the skull, and the shape and density of the object that causes the blow.
Lacerations, or cuts, are a common type of injury experienced in many types of accidents, especially in motor vehicle crashes. They can be shallow or deep. People involved in traffic collisions may experience lacerations from shattered glass or sharp metal edges.
Facial lacerations may require plastic surgery to correct or avoid scarring and could also affect you emotionally and physically. Disfigurement can damage a person’s self-confidence and may affect your ability to live a normal life while your lacerations and scars heal. If you have a job that involves dealing with people, facial disfigurement could have an effect on your ability to do your job.
How a Chicago Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your injury was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional action of another person, you may have a claim for compensation. Illinois law allows those wrongfully injured to potentially recover damages for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability, and loss of normal life. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our Chicago car accident lawyers understand how devastating head and brain injuries can be and are here to help you and your family fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at (312) 236-2900 for a free initial consultation.