Chicago Brain and Head Injury Lawyer
Just about any kind of injury a person suffers in an accident can be traumatic, but a head or brain injury may be among the most potentially tragic. Brain injuries, in particular, can have lifelong consequences. Not only can a brain injury affect almost every aspect of your 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 require extensive treatment.
If you’ve suffered a brain or head injury, you likely have significant medical bills, and chances are your life has been disrupted in some way while you recover. You may have lost time away from work, or be unable to perform normal household tasks. Your emotions may be out of control and affecting your relationships with your family and friends. You may have some temporary or permanent disability.
If you have sustained a brain or head injury in an automobile accident or because of another party’s negligence, contact the skilled Chicago car accident and personal injury lawyers at Staver Law Group, P.C. to discuss your options and whether you have a claim for compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are by far the most common form of acquired brain injury. An estimated 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States. There are another 5.3 million Americans living with the life-long consequences of a TBI-related disability.
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a sudden bump or blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. 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
TBIs can be mild (also known as concussions), moderate, or severe, which can be life-threatening and require long-term treatment. Mild TBIs tend to 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. Depression, anxiety, anger, aggression and lack of impulse control may be among the effects of a traumatic brain injury.
Approximately 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are mild. Symptoms of mild TBIs (i.e. concussions), can include the following:
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or remembering new information
- 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 may show up later over the long-term. Because of the very serious consequences that are possible with any brain injury, if you suffer a blow to the head in an accident — even if it seems minor — it’s a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as is possible.
A strong enough 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 of the impact, the angle of impact, where the blow lands on the skull, and the shape and density of the object that strikes the head.
Laceration is the medical word for a cut. Cuts can be shallow or deep. Cuts are a common type of injury experienced in many types of accidents, but particularly in motor vehicle crashes. 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 may affect you emotionally as well as causing physical pain. 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 the public, facial disfigurement may be having an effect on your ability to do your job.
How a Chicago Brain & Head Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your injury was caused by a car accident, the negligence, recklessness, or intentional action of another person, you may have a claim for compensation. Illinois law allows you to potentially recover your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability, and loss of normal life. At Staver Law Group, P.C., our personal injury and car accident lawyers understand how devastating a brain injury can be and we are here to help you and your family fight for the compensation you deserve.
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