Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI Lawyers in Chicago, IL
Not only is a traumatic brain injury devastating to you or your loved ones, but the medical costs can debilitate you financially.
Just as the brain is a complex part of the body, so are the complications that result after such trauma. Statistically, almost everyone will experience an injury to their head in their lifetime so learning to recognize the signs of serious head injury is vital. According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2010 approximately 2.5 million people in the United States suffered a traumatic brain injury. Such brain injuries are a contributing factor in 30.5% of all injury-related deaths and cause a substantial number of serious disabilities. While there are a number of causes, TBI is often the result of a car accident.
What is TBI
TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury. It occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction. It is often the result of a jolt to the head or a violent blow. If an object penetrates the skull, this also can cause a TBI.
It continues to be a major cause of disability and death around the world.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury vary from person to person. The outcome can range from complete recovery to permanent disability and even death.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury can help save a person’s life. Watching for the signs or behavioral changes after the trauma is vital. These include:
- Loss of consciousness, even for a few seconds
- Memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, or slowness in thinking
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness, confusion, or fogginess
- Loss of balance
- Persistent headaches or headaches that worsen
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Feeling depressed or anxious
- Sensory problems, including blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or a bad taste in the mouth.
- Seizures or convulsions
- Slurred speech
- Unequal pupil size
- Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
- Weakness or numbness in the fingers or toes
- Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior
- Clear fluids draining from the eyes and nose
If you notice any of these signs, seek immediate medical treatment!
TBI is classified into mild, moderate, and severe. The severity of the injury is classified by looking at the victim’s level of consciousness based on the verbal, motor, and eye-opening reactions when stimulated.
Your Rightful Compensation
An insurance company will rarely offer someone without a reputable personal injury lawyer a full and fair settlement. Keep in mind that insurance companies make billions of dollars by collecting as much as they can in premiums from ordinary people, then paying out as little as possible when claims are made. Their tactics of denying, delay, defend have been a mainstay after an accident for many, many years.
We determine your fair settlement based on several factors:
- past and future medical bills
- lost earnings
- loss of earning capacity
- pain and suffering
- loss of a normal life
- changes in your relationships with your loved ones.
We determine this at the appropriate time, on our client’s timetable, not in the insurance company’s.
Chicago Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered TBI in a car accident as the result of another person’s negligent behavior, contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer at Willens & Baez. We don’t represent insurance companies. We don’t represent physicians in medical malpractice matters. We focus exclusively on representing individuals and their families who were injured by someone else’s negligence.
Since we charge no legal fees, unless and until we succeed in obtaining a monetary recovery for you, you can count on us fighting hard to get you the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form for your FREE consultation.