Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Chicago
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Any head injury should be immediately addressed to determine if you sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can result from any type of head injury, and can have lasting effects on the brain, especially if left untreated.
Even mild traumatic brain injuries will require medical attention that can be costly. If you developed a TBI during an incident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury Causes
On the mild end of the TBI spectrum falls concussions. A concussion is a very common injury that can often be treated with rest and relaxation. Increasingly more intense traumatic brain injuries occur frequently as well, but require much more specialized treatment to recover.
A traumatic brain injury can result from any violent trauma to the head, including events such as:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall incidents
- Work accidents
- Injuries sustained while playing contact sports
- Assault and attacks
What Are the Three Types of TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe:
- Mild: This level of TBI is marked by a brief loss of consciousness, confusion, or disorientation. In general, the brain is not permanently damaged in mild TBI cases, though a doctor will closely monitor a victim’s mental function to ensure they have not suffered a more severe injury.
- Moderate: Moderate TBIs include loss of consciousness that may last for hours and disorientation that can last weeks. Cognitive, behavioral, and even physical complications may be permanent.
- Severe: Any injury that penetrates or crushes the skull or brain is classified as severe. These are life-threatening injuries, and if a victim does survive, they will generally be unable to return to life as they once knew it.
Symptoms of a TBI
The harm level of a traumatic brain injury can range from mild, to moderate, to severe. All types of TBI can damage the brain, leading to serious injury, impairment, and death in extreme cases.
Some of the most common signs of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Feeling dizzy, disoriented, confused, or off-balance
- Nauseas and vomiting
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Trouble seeing, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light
- Cognitive issues
- Mood swings or unusual moods
The severity of these symptoms often indicates what type of TBI was sustained. Moderate to severe TBI victims may also exhibit numbness of seizures. To determine how exactly a traumatic brain injury has affected you, and receive the proper treatment, it is crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible.
How Much Is a Traumatic Brain Injury Worth?
According to the Centre for Neuro Skills, a mild brain injury may cost more than $85,000 over a victim’s life time, a moderate injury can total over $900,000, and a severe TBI can cost upwards of $3 million for the victim and their family. This included the costs of outpatient treatments, rehabilitation, and hospital care.
Calculating specific costs are unique to each individual, but your attorney will look at a few specific economic and non-economic factors while building your claim. Some of these factors include:
- Current and future medical and rehabilitative costs
- Present and future lost income
- Long-term treatment and disability costs
- Pain and suffering
- The loss of enjoyment of life or the loss of the economic contribution from the victim
Your lawyer will seek the full and fair compensation you need by establishing the negligent party’s liability, standing up to their insurance company (or companies in the case of multiple wrongful parties), and arguing that your injury may preclude you from working or enjoying your life as you once did.
Helping Injury Victims Since 1995
At Leonard Law Group, our Chicago TBI attorneys are available to answer questions about how you can be compensated for your traumatic brain injury-related expenses.