The Legal Advocacy You Need After A Traumatic Brain Injury
Concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury were once viewed as no big deal. People would describe them using phrases like “getting your bell rung.” In recent decades, however modern science has shown that TBIs are among the most serious injuries a person can suffer. A brain injury can result in long-term or even permanent changes in learning capacity and cognition, emotional regulation and decision-making.
If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI due to the negligence of another person, business or organization, contact the caring attorneys at Berg & Berg. Our family-owned firm has been fighting for the rights of injury victims in the Chicago area since 1991, and your case will benefit from 75 years of combined legal experience. We can help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
Simply put, a TBI is an injury resulting from a significant and sudden force applied to the head, resulting in damage to the brain (such as bruising, bleeding and torn tissue). The brain injuries typically result in long-term complications with essential aspects of daily functioning, and they can result in death.
TBIs occur for many reasons, but some of the most common causes include automobile accidents, sports injuries, falls and physical violence/assaults. They are typically categorized on as mild, moderate or severe.
Understanding The Numerous Types Of Brain Injuries
There are numerous types of traumatic brain injuries, including:
- Closed-head injuries: These involve trauma to the brain but the skull remains intact and unpenetrated. These can result in brain bruising (contusions) and/or brain bleeding (hematoma).
- Open-head injuries or penetrating brain injuries: Gunshot wounds are one example of penetrating brain injuries. The force that impacts the brain also opens the skull.
- Diffuse axonal injury: These occur when the brain moves violently within the skull, causing tears in the connection between the brain and the spinal cord.
After experiencing repeated traumatic brain injuries, victims can develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease found in many deceased football players, boxers and other contact-sport athletes.
Signs And Symptoms Of Brain Injury
Every brain injury is unique, but there are many common signs and symptoms to watch out for. They include:
- Headache and blurred vision
- Dizziness and issues with balance and coordination
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Trouble focusing
- Trouble speaking
- Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Changes in mood and mental health (developing depression, anxiety, etc.)
- Difficulty remembering things
These are just a small example of dozens of symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury. The symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the injury, which part of the brain was affected, the age of the victim and many other factors.
Recovery can take months or years (when recovery is even possible), and treatment is often incredibly expensive. For all these reasons and more, it is important to seek full and fair compensation if your injuries were caused by the negligence of a person, business or organization.
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Located in the McKinley Park neighborhood, Berg & Berg serves clients throughout the Chicago area. We offer free initial consultations to all prospective clients, and we have free on-site parking when you visit our office. To tell us your story and learn how we can help, contact us online or call 773-596-6654 today. Se habla español.