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When you think of what constitutes a traumatic brain injury, you probably don’t think of something that you can’t tell someone has for days or even weeks. You probably think of symptoms being immediate and obvious, but that’s not always the case when someone experiences a traumatic brain injury. They are caused most frequently by motorcycle and car accidents and slip-and-fall accidents, but the symptoms may not appear right away. If you’ve experienced an incident where brain injury could be present, here are symptoms to keep an eye out for so you can seek medical attention as soon as possible if they appear, as well as information about what to do if you or someone you know has one, including speaking with a personal injury attorney.


As noted, some symptoms appear immediately after an injury, while other symptoms takes days or even weeks to appear. Symptoms that may appear immediately include headache or difficulty seeing, neck pain, dizziness or loss of balance, and blurred vision. Others may take a few days to develop, including loss of motor control and movement, uncontrollable twitching, seizures, and problems expressing language and speaking.  If symptoms appear right after an accident where someone hits their head, it is essential that they seek medical attention as soon as possible, as brain swelling can cause serious damage. Then, you should consider talking with a personal injury lawyer, since brain injuries can lead to long-term medical expenses.

What to Do About Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are complex to treat but are often caused by simple things like hitting your head very hard. This is common in incidents where someone falls and hits their head as well as car and motorcycle accidents, especially if the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet. If you or someone you know is experiencing a traumatic brain injury caused by some sort of accident like these, it’s important to retain the legal help of a personal injury attorney. They can help you sort out issues like who should be held responsible for the accident that caused your injury as well as how to cover medical bills.

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

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  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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