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Brain Injury Claims in Illinois

Suffering an accident that leaves you with a brain injury is one of the most devastating experiences that anyone can endure. These injuries are usually the result of a sudden accident and have serious consequences. Commonly referred to as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), they require immediate and specialized care if there is any chance of recovery. If you or a loved one was injured in some type of accident that resulted in a TBI, you need an experienced and knowledgeable Illinois brain injury attorney.

When someone else’s negligence, reckless behavior, or intentional act causes a brain injury to you or someone you love, you have the right to pursue compensation for injuries and pain and suffering. The attorneys at Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., have years of experience helping Illinois clients with their personal injury needs, including brain injury claims.  

Symptoms of a Brain Injury

In personal injury law, brain injuries can often result from various accidents, like a car, truck, or motorcycle collision. Other types of claims that can sometimes involve brain injuries are slip and falls, assault, medical malpractice, and more.

Any physical trauma to the head can result in a brain injury. These injuries can be mild to severe. Emergency medical professionals use a 15-point test called the Glasgow Coma Scale to determine the severity of the brain injury. The higher the number, the less severe the injuries are.

If you or someone you love sustained a blow to the head, pay attention to potential symptoms that can be a sign of more severe problems, including:

  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings

It is also important to point out that not all brain injuries result from a direct blow to the head. Numerous brain injuries result from accidents where there is no physical contact to the head. The brain can bounce off the skull during an auto accident without ever making an impact with a fixed object inside the vehicle. Whiplash can even cause brain injuries in some cases. If your symptoms match those of a brain injury, see a doctor to rule it out.

Types of Brain Injuries

The type of brain injury you are diagnosed with will be determined based on the type of accident. Some of the more common types of brain injuries include:

  • Concussion: Concussions are caused by a blow to the head and can be mild, with patients often having a full recovery.
  • Contusions: A contusion is a bruise or bleeding on the brain and needs surgical intervention in serious cases.
  • Penetration Injuries: As its name suggests, this type of injury involves an object penetrating the brain, like a knife or a bullet.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injuries: When someone is shaken violently, it can lead to a brain injury. Some cases involve nerve tissue tearing, which can be deadly.

Many brain injuries have lifelong effects on the injured party. You only have two years to bring a lawsuit for a brain injury in Illinois, which is why it is crucial to retain an attorney early on.

Contact an Illinois Brain Injury Attorney

If you need assistance with a brain injury claim, contact Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. today to schedule an initial consultation.

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