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Did You Suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury in Your Car Accident?

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Chicago personal injury lawyerTraumatic brain injuries are difficult to diagnose because they are so hard to see. If you cut your head, then the amount of blood flowing down your neck gives you some indication that you have been injured. But when injuries are internal, many people are unsure of whether or not something is wrong. At Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we help car accident victims get compensation after a collision.

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most devastating that a car accident victim can suffer. Meet with one of our attorneys to discuss your legal options.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Doctors typically classify brain injuries as either open or closed:

  • Open injuries occur when something penetrates the skull and damages the brain. For example, a person shot in the head could suffer an open brain injury.

  • Closed injuries occur when the skull remains intact. Instead, the shaking of the brain causes damage.

Traumatic brain injuries affect how signals travel along the brain. This type of injury is distinct from any bleeding or bruising you might also suffer because of a car crash.

Symptoms of a TBI

The most common symptoms include:

  • Headache

  • Drowsiness

  • Difficulty talking

  • Sleep impairment (too much or too little)

  • Lack of balance and/or coordination

  • Difficulty with memory

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Blurred vision

  • Mood swings

It is important to note that some symptoms might not manifest immediately. Instead, it could be a day or two after the accident before the victim becomes aware that something is wrong. Get to the hospital immediately. A doctor can ask you questions and order tests to properly diagnose a TBI, and the sooner you receive treatment the better.

Misconceptions about Traumatic Brain Injuries

Common myths about TBIs make it difficult for many victims to get the medical care they need. Some of the more harmful myths include:

  • You must pass out to suffer a TBI. This is wrong. Certainly, many people with a TBI lose consciousness for at least a few seconds. Generally, the more serious the TBI, the longer the victim is unconscious. However, you can still suffer a TBI without blacking out.

  • You didn’t suffer a TBI if you did not hit your head. Wrong. A person can suffer a TBI simply due to the hard shaking of their head, which causes the parts of the brain to move around. Some people suffer a TBI along with whiplash.

  • A concussion is not a serious injury. False! Although a concussion is a relatively mild TBI, the keyword is “relative.” Many people with concussions continue to suffer complications for months, even years, afterward.

Consult a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney 

TBIs leave many victims homebound and unable to work. Consequently, they can suffer tens of thousands of dollars in financial losses and experience a dramatically reduced quality of life. Let us help. Contact an experienced Chicago car accident lawyer who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. You can reach Livas Law Group today at 312-804-6102 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557

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