Chicago, IL Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Traumatic brain injuries are serious conditions that affect millions of accident and assault victims every year. With the ability to affect your work, your family, and your enjoyment of life on a day-to-day basis, these injuries warrant your attention and require prompt medical diagnosis and care. At Malman Law, our Chicago personal injury lawyers are experienced in identifying the causes of traumatic brain injuries and helping victims obtain maximum compensation for their losses.
The Facts on Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States each year. However, this only takes into account the people who go to the emergency room or die as a result of their injuries – the actual number of traumatic brain injuries is likely much higher.
Of the known instances of traumatic brain injuries, nearly 20 percent result in hospitalizations or death. Overall, nearly 30 percent of all injury-related deaths result from a TBI. These are alarming numbers that shows just how serious traumatic brain injuries can be.
The vast majority of these injuries result from occurrences where someone other than the victim may be to blame. According to the CDC, the top four causes of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Falls – at least 600,000 injuries annually
- Being struck by or against an object (for example, on a construction site) – at least 280,000 injuries annually
- Auto Accidents – at least 300,000 injuries annually
- Assaults (including police brutality) – at least 170,000 injuries annually
While auto accidents are only the third-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, injuries suffered in vehicle collisions are the most likely to result in death.
Do I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries occur when a sudden impact, violent shaking, or penetration of the skull disrupts the functioning of your brain. There are two types of TBI:
- Closed traumatic brain injuries, which do not penetrate the skill; and
- Open traumatic brain injuries, which occur when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain.
Open brain injuries are further classified into “penetrating injuries,” which involve an object such as a knife or metal shard becoming lodged in the brain, and “perforating injuries,” which involve an object like a bullet entering and exiting the skull.
All traumatic brain injuries are classified as either “mild” (e.g., a concussion that does not result in loss of consciousness) or “severe” (e.g., an injury that results in long-term memory loss or permanent brain damage).
What are the Risk Factors for Traumatic Brain Injuries?
While anyone can suffer a traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall, assault, vehicle collision, or other accident, certain people are at increased risk for TBI. According to the CDC, the primary risk factors for traumatic brain injuries include:
- Sex – Men are three times more likely than women to die from TBI.
- Age – Senior citizens (age 65 and older) and young children (age zero to four) are the most likely to suffer TBI in an accident.
What are the Symptoms and Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries are dangerous not only because of the damage they can cause, but also because victims often do not realize that they have suffered serious injuries. Following a vehicle collision or other accident, the rush of adrenaline or the overall chaos of a situation can often lead people not to immediately feel their injuries. As a result, if you have been involved in a car accident, suffered a fall, been assaulted, or struck in the head by a high-velocity object, you should always seek prompt medical attention. Your doctor or the emergency room physician will be able to diagnose your injuries and make sure that you receive the necessary treatment to avoid any unnecessary complications.
The following symptoms may all be indicative of a traumatic brain injury:
- Depression and other changes in emotional condition or stability
- Impaired movement or motor function
- Impaired thinking
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Memory loss
If not treated promptly, severe traumatic brain injuries can have lasting effects that can impact you and your family for the rest of your life.
Contact the Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Malman Law
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence or in any situation where someone else may be to blame, the experienced attorneys at Malman Law can help you fight for just compensation. To speak with an attorney about your case, contact our Chicago law offices at (888) 625-6265 or schedule your free consultation online today.