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Waukegan personal injury attorney Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often occur when an incident such as a car accident or fall causes the head to be struck or violently shaken. TBIs can also be the result of an object penetrating the skull and damaging brain tissue. A traumatic brain injury can cause significant, long term pain and suffering. The injured person may experience symptoms that dramatically reduce his or her ability to work or even enjoy life. He or she may need expensive medical care and rehabilitation. In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit may help a person recover compensation for medical expenses and other financial losses incurred by a TBI.

Concussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs can vary dramatically in severity. The mildest form of TBI is a concussion. If you have a concussion you may experience dizziness, headache, double vision, nausea or vomiting, light and noise sensitivity, confusion, or balance problems. While the symptoms of a concussion are often temporary and do not cause long-term health complications, some people develop a condition called post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Individuals who have experienced head trauma in the past may be more likely to develop this syndrome. PCS can cause anxiety, irritability, depressed mood, and problems with concentration and memory. An individual with PCS may also experience long-term headaches, dizziness, and trouble sleeping. These symptoms can dramatically interfere with the person’s day-to-day life and may last weeks or months after the injury.

Symptoms of a Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Physical violence, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls from heights, sports, and many other situations may lead to a severe traumatic brain injury. In addition to the symptoms experienced by mild TBI sufferers, a person with a severe TBI may also experience significant loss of consciousness, seizures, inability to awaken from sleep, loss of coordination, and weakness or numbness. Cognitive symptoms such as confusion and agitation can be extreme enough that a sufferer may act noticeably different than he or she normally does. Complications from a moderate to severe TBI can include hydrocephalus or fluid buildup in the brain, blood vessel damage leading to a stroke or blood clot, paralysis and loss of sensation in the face, and problems with communication and executive functioning.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysWhen someone is involved in a car accident, slip and fall, or other injury-causing accident, they may suffer a mild traumatic brain injury called a concussion. Most of the time, the symptoms caused by a concussion are short-term. However, some people who suffer a concussion develop post-concussion syndrome. The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can dramatically affect a person’s ability to do his or her job, participate in hobbies, care for children, and enjoy life the way he or she could before the concussion occurred.

Common Causes of Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain strikes the inside of the skull or is otherwise injured. A violent blow to the head, such as a person hitting his or her head on the dashboard during a car accident, can cause a concussion. Sports, falling, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, and physical abuse can also cause someone to suffer a concussion. It is not always easy to know if you have a concussion. Symptoms such as headache, nausea, and confusion may not appear for days or even weeks after the injury. This is one reason that it is so important for anyone involved in an auto accident or other serious accident to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible.

Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms

Some people who experience a concussion develop post-concussion syndrome. This is especially common in people who have previously experienced head trauma. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headache, difficulties with sleeping, dizziness, depression, anxiety, irritability, reduced concentration, memory problems, sensitivity to noise and light, ringing in the ears, and blurred vision. These symptoms can radically affect a victim’s life. Through a personal injury lawsuit, a person suffering from post-concussion syndrome may be able to receive compensation for their medical bills, missed work, reduced employability, pain and suffering, and more.

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Lake County Brain Injury Lawyer

An average of 153 Americans dies each day due to traumatic brain injuries. Brain trauma is defined as a blow to the head that interrupts normal brain function. The most common traumatic brain injuries are minor concussions, yet if left untreated, even the most minor injuries to the brain can lead to life-changing health problems. If you or a loved one suffer a traumatic brain injury in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible.

Common Brain Injuries 

In a recent 12-month measurement, approximately 2.8 million Americans were hospitalized due to brain trauma. The most common form of brain injury is a concussion. Concussions are common in car accidents and symptoms can range from minor headaches to chronic migraines, blurred vision, and declination of motor skills. More serious brain injuries include hematomas (clotting of blood in the brain) and hemorrhaging (bleeding in the outer space of the skull). A hematoma or a hemorrhage can result in substantial brain damage and even death. 

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Lake County Injury Lawyer

An average of 153 Americans die from injuries related to brain trauma every day. Traumatic brain injuries are defined as an injury to the head that disrupts normal brain function. While the volume of fatal brain injuries is alarmingly high, the vast majority of these injuries are non-fatal and often present life-changing symptoms. A 12-month study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found more than 2.8 million Americans suffered brain trauma that required hospitalization. 

If you or a member of your family suffer a head injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

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Chicago brain injury lawyerEvery day, as many as 153 Americans die due to injuries involving trauma to the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries make up approximately 30% of all fatal injuries nationwide. While the vast majority of traumatic brain injuries are not fatal, even the most minor cases of brain trauma can come with long-lasting symptoms and health issues later in life. If you or a member of your family suffer any type of head injury, it is important to receive medical treatment as quickly as possible. 

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Traumatic brain injuries can come in a number of forms, but some of the most common injuries come from falls and motor vehicle collisions. Studies conducted by the CDC found that throughout 2013, falls accounted for just under half of all traumatic brain injuries across the United States. Fall injuries can be especially severe for elderly Americans. Approximately 80% of all traumatic brain injuries resulting in hospitalization, long-term symptoms, or death among elderly Americans are caused by falling. 

Much like falling, motor vehicle collisions can cause problematic brain trauma. In 2013, automobile accidents were responsible for 14% of all documented traumatic brain injuries throughout the United States. Car crashes can lead to a number of head injuries, due to the high speeds at which the vehicles are traveling. Even the activation of safety systems such as airbags can cause brain injuries such as concussions. 

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