Chicago Brain Injury Attorneys
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What is a Brain Injury?
Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury
Trauma to the brain, whether a physical blow, jolt or bump to the head, or some other serious event in which the brain is deprived of oxygen impacts 1.7M people in the US annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In fact, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) are two of the most common causes of disability and death in the U.S. As stated before, a brain injury can occur through a traumatic physical event like a fall or other serious accident. Situations where oxygen to the brain is cut off or other neural damage occurs like anoxia, electric shock, vascular disruptions, disease, tumors and poisoning can also result in traumatic brain injury. A closed brain injury is when there is no break in the skull, while a penetrating brain injury is when there is a break in the skull.
An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is defined by the Brain Injury Association of Illinois as “an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, present at birth, or degenerative,” most often referred to as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
A TBI, with or without a skull fracture, can produce a diminshed or altered state of consciousness (dizziness or fully unconscious state), and can result in temporary or prolonged changes to memory or judgment, physical control and response, or emotional functions.
Concussions and other mild forms of brain injuries make up 75% of the most common brain injuries annually, and may cause a person to feel temporarily dazed or confused, or cause a brief loss of consciousness, but should never be taken lightly. Concussions can lead to post-concussion syndrome, which can include lingering or worsening symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, mental slowing and fatigue, lasting only a few months, or permanently.
What are the Causes of a Brain Injury?
The most common causes of traumatic brain injury in the U.S. result from violence, motor vehicle accidents, and construction accidents. After a serious traumatic or acquired brain injury there can be a multitude and complex blend of deficits. Cognitive, motor, perceptual or sensory, communication and language, functional and regulatory problems can all arise as well as personality or psychiatric changes.
A traumatic brain injury is also known as an intracranial injury. It occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain. This results in temporary or permanent impairment and or structural damage to the brain and its functionality. Even in the absence of an impact, momentous acceleration or deceleration of the head can cause a traumatic brain injury.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
Symptoms of TBI are based on the type of traumatic brain injury and the part of the brain that is affected. A mild TBI is generally when a patient loses consciousness for a few seconds or minutes, or it may be the case that the patient remains conscious. Some other symptoms of mild TBI include:
- Lack of motor coordination
- Difficulty balancing
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Changes in sleep patterns
Cognitive and emotional symptoms of mild TBI include:
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
- Personality changes
Symptoms of a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury include:
- Headache that does not go away
- Repeated vomiting and or nausea
- Inability to awaken
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Slurred speech, aphasia (word-finding difficulties), dysarthria (muscle weakness that causes disordered speech)
- Weakness or numbness in the limbs
- Loss of coordination
- Confusion, restlessness or agitation
Our Illinois Brain Injury Attorneys understand the importance of immediate access to quality medical care, including rehabilitation therapies and ongoing disease management as a means to reduce complications and speed recovery.
Our firm understands that both the injured and their families need help navigating the often-fragile circumstances they face, and will work hard to ensure you or your loved one does not suffer financially, including protecting your right to have the appropriate insurance company pay for necessary future treatment, loss of wage, loss of livelihood and pain and suffering.
Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates invites you for a free telephone or in person consultation to discuss your injury and any questions you may have. You can also email us or even speak with us right now on LiveChat, located in the lower right corner of the screen. Even if you do not wish to retain an attorney, we can set you on the right path for free. Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and we have an outstanding track record in helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our Success Record. Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, or our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822, or you can call our toll free number at (800)-985-1819.