Understanding Serious Head Injuries
Even minor traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have a lifelong impact on victims and their loved ones. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries can have a wide range of consequences, some of which may not be immediately apparent and can worsen over time. Accordingly, it is essential that victims of traumatic brain injuries seek out an attorney with experience handling brain injury cases.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
TBI occurs after a sudden or violent impact to the head. Oxygen deprivation due to medical malpractice can also cause brain injuries. A person does not need to lose consciousness to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Signs that the brain has suffered trauma include:
- Blurred vision
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Tingling sensations
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking
- Mood swings, irritability or depression
- Convulsions or seizures
After an injury, a victim may feel restless, irritable or confused. He or she may have trouble sleeping or may feel the need to sleep constantly. The signs can be obvious and dramatic or subtle and mild.
The severity of the initial accident is not a reliable indicator of the severity of the brain injury. High-speed collisions can leave a person’s brain uninjured and low-speed accidents can cause severe brain injuries. After any accident, a victim and his or her family should be on the lookout for signs of brain injury.
Treatment And Prognosis
It is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible after suffering head trauma. Severe head injuries may require surgery to remove ruptured blood vessels or relieve pressure. Even if surgery is not necessary, doctors may wish to monitor your status and make sure your brain is getting enough oxygen. It may be impossible to repair the damaged brain tissue, but immediate medical attention in some cases can help prevent the injury from worsening and can limit or help treat the symptoms of the brain injury in the future.
TBI victims may require specially tailored rehabilitation programs to regain or maintain function. Traumatic brain injuries often affect a person’s ability to function in every area of life, from working to maintaining relationships with loved ones. The complicated and varied nature of TBI makes it difficult to treat.
Contact Our Experienced Chicago Litigators Today
Brain injury victims and their families need to concentrate on treatment and recovery. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to help our clients get full and fair compensation for the injuries they have suffered. We have obtained multimillion-dollar results for our clients at settlement and trial in complex cases where the existence and extent of the brain injury were disputed by the wrongdoer’s insurance company.