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IL injury lawyerA traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is damaged in some way. The brain injury may be caused by the brain striking the inside of the sufferer’s skull during a forceful impact or it may be caused by an object penetrating the skull and coming into contact with brain tissue. The medical consequences of a traumatic brain injury vary significantly. A person may sustain a minor concussion and not even be aware of it. On the other end of the spectrum, a severe traumatic brain injury can cause lifelong disability. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI, you may have questions about your legal rights. You may wonder if you will be entitled to financial compensation for your injury, and if so, how much compensation you could receive.

The Severity of TBI Symptoms Can Affect the Amount of Damages You May Receive

The brain is responsible for controlling the majority of bodily functions. Traumatic brain injuries are unique in that they can cause physical, cognitive, and psychological consequences. TBI sufferers may experience symptoms including:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Paralysis
  • Slurred speech and difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Body numbness or tingling
  • Facial muscle weakness
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control
  • Ringing in the ears and other hearing problems
  • Vision problems including double vision, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, loss of eye movement, and even blindness
  • Dizziness and problems with balance
  • Difficulty breathing and slowed breathing rate
  • Altered heart rate
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Atypical emotional responses
  • Memory problems
  • Behavior changes

Typically, the more severe the TBI symptoms and the greater impact the symptoms have on your daily life, the more compensation you may be entitled to via a personal injury claim. You could be compensated for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, impairment to your income earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.

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IL accident lawyerInjuries to the brain can be some of the most life-changing types of injuries. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be suffering from a range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. Your injury may have prevented you from working or living your life as you normally would have. You may also be left with massive medical debt and other expenses because of your injury. Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for the costs incurred by your TBI. The amount and types of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on the severity of your injury, your prognosis, and other circumstances.

Past, Present, and Future Medical Expenses

Unlike other injuries, injuries to the brain are not outwardly visible. In order for doctors to diagnose your TBI, you may have needed to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test, computerized tomography (CT) scan, cognitive and neuropsychological tests, or other testing. You may have also needed extensive hospitalization, treatment from medical specialists, rehabilitative care, and other medical treatments. Through a personal injury claim, you may be compensated for your past, present, and expected future medical costs. This may include costs associated with long-term care, home health care, and any medical devices you require.

Lost Wages From Missed Work

A traumatic brain injury can cause vision problems, sleeping difficulties, headaches, nausea, reduced concentration, memory lapses, depression, anxiety, and a host of other problems. These symptoms can be debilitating. You may have been off work for days, weeks, or months after your TBI. You may have even suffered permanent injuries that will prevent you from returning to work at all. Compensation for your lost wages from missed work as well as future lost wages and your reduced income-earning capacity may be available in an injury claim.

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IL injury lawyerThe brain is responsible for everything from problem-solving to motor functions. When the brain is damaged in an accident, the injured person may deal with significant cognitive, emotional, and physical symptoms. Concussions are the mildest form of traumatic brain injury, but a concussion can still cause considerable suffering. The symptoms associated with a concussion may be especially debilitating if the sufferer develops post-concussion syndrome.

How Do Concussions Occur?

Concussions can be caused by slip and fall accidents, car accidents, construction accidents, physical violence, and other situations in which the brain is damaged. Often, a concussion occurs when an individual’s brain strikes the inside of his or her skull because of a sudden acceleration or deceleration. Many people who suffer a concussion do not even realize it at the time of their accident. It is only after they begin developing symptoms that they realize something is seriously wrong. A concussion can cause symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision

Cognitive symptoms such as memory loss, inability to concentrate, and even personality changes can also be caused by a concussion.

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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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