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Pursuing Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury From an Illinois Traffic Accident

 Posted on May 18, 2021 in Car Accident

Cook County personal injury lawyerWhen you get into a car accident, a variety of injuries can happen. Many people sustain whiplash, bruising, and sometimes even broken bones. Another fairly common injury that a car accident can produce is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can and often do range in severity, especially if you sustained the injury from a car accident. In severe cases, a brain injury could also lead to death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 61,000 people who died from a TBI in 2019, with even more injured. If you suffered a TBI in a car accident, you should speak to an Illinois car accident injury lawyer to discuss your options to recover compensation.

What is a TBI?

A TBI is an injury that occurs to your brain after your head suffers a blow, bump, or jolt. Many TBIs occur from car accidents. The CDC estimates that about 25 percent of TBIs are caused by vehicle accidents. TBIs can also occur when something penetrates the brain, such as a bullet, projectile, or skull fragment.  Most TBIs only injure brain tissue and heal within a couple of weeks, but with more severe TBIs, the symptoms and effects of the injury may last for years or even a lifetime. 

Look for These Symptoms

TBIs can present a variety of symptoms depending on the severity of the injury. When a TBI is mild, it is often referred to as a concussion. Symptoms of a mild TBI include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness and/or loss of balance
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensory issues, like blurred vision or ringing in the ears
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Mood and/or behavioral changes

When a TBI is more severe, the symptoms can become more serious. Symptoms of a moderate to severe TBI can include all of the same symptoms as a mild TBI, but they can also include:

  • Dilation of one or both pupils
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent headaches
  • Seizures
  • Extreme confusion
  • Agitation or combative behavior
  • Coma

Our Mount Prospect, IL Car Accident Injury Lawyer is Here for You

TBIs can show symptoms immediately, or they may delay for a few days to weeks after your car accident. If you have suffered a TBI because of the negligence of another driver, you should speak to a skilled Cook County car accident injury attorney to discuss your options for compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call Adler Law Offices, LTD. today at 847-394-0100.



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