A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an insult to the brain caused by an external physical force with or without skull fracture that may produce a diminished or altered level of consciousness. On an annual basis in the United States, approximately 1.5 million people will sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the United States, 50,000 people will die annually as a result of TBI. Men are about 1.5 times as likely as women to sustain a TBI. Annually, TBI causes long-term disabilities in 80,000 people. Concussion, coma, or even death can result from a TBI. Falls (28%), vehicle accidents and crashes (20%), and assaults (11%) are the most common causes of traumatic brain injury.
TBI can cause severe and life-altering injuries. Through our experience in representing TBI victims, we understand how your injury may impair your ability to work and earn wages, may affect your relationships with family members, and may restrict your ability to perform activities of daily living. You may be able to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and disability. Loss of consortium damages may be available to the spouse of an injured person, including the value of lost services and the loss of companionship provided by the injured person.
In some cases, brain injury is obvious because the skull is fractured or punctured, causing bleeding. In some closed TBI instances, a patient may lose consciousness, also making it clear that emergency help is needed. However, traumatic brain injury sometimes has no symptoms at first — even with a life-threatening injury — which is why it’s so important to seek medical attention if you’ve hit your head, even if no symptoms are present.
Depending on the injury, symptoms that may occur with a brain injury include:
Only a doctor can properly diagnose a brain injury, often by examining a patient’s eyes and ordering imaging as well as other tests. If there’s any chance that you’ve suffered a brain injury, contact a doctor for an evaluation. Even a so-called “minor” concussion can put you at risk for secondary injury and long-term health concerns, so proper monitoring is essential.
Patients in Chicago who go to a traumatic injury law center or hospital for their symptoms often find their lives severely impacted by brain injury. Some find it difficult to return to work due to cognitive or memory problems, while some patients need assisted living facilities or at-home care because daily tasks are no longer possible. Patients may need rehabilitation, surgery or other medical treatment for their condition, which can mean long periods of recovery and significant medical costs.
In the event that you’ve suffered a TBI in Chicago, seek the help of a traumatic brain injury attorney immediately. The costs of a TBI are immense, and you deserve the best medical care possible. By seeking compensation through a claim, you may be able to afford the time off work and the at-home or other support you need to take care of your health. If your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Chicago can help you file a claim.
If you’d like to know more, contact the Chicago brain injury lawyers at Argionis & Associates by calling (312) 782-4545. Our brain injury lawyers are there for people injured in Chicago, and the team has already helped thousands of TBI and personal injury survivors. We’re compassionate, and no one will work harder for you. Your first consultation costs nothing, so contact us today to talk to an experienced attorney.