All personal injuries are traumatic- none more-so than when a loved one suffers such a brain injury. We don’t think day-to-day that we will ever need the services of a traumatic brain injury attorney, but when you do, it’s good to know our team is there for your family.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Families often become overwhelmed with the immediate needs of their loved ones, combined with fear of what the future may hold. Our Chicago based team of traumatic brain injury attorneys understand what you and your family are facing, and we are equipped to support you while you navigate this experience.
Symptoms of brain injury can be as mild as dizziness and headaches or as severe as seizure, coma or even paralysis. Even the smallest brain injury can make it difficult for a patient to think clearly and function normally. No matter how the accident occurred or how serious the brain injury is, patients often need medical and legal help to get their lives back on track.
Knowing where to turn to for help can be a challenge. Our team will help guide you through the entire process of getting both the right traumatic brain injury attorney and the compensation you or your loved ones will require.
Watch for the symptoms, traumatic brain injuries are all different:
Brain injuries are usually caused by a sudden and forceful impact to the head. This typically occurs in an accident, such as an automobile collision, slip and fall or even a physical assault. The seriousness of a brain injury often depends on the amount of force at impact, and sometimes which part of the brain was affected by that impact.
Some symptoms you can watch for may include: concussion; seizure; headache; dizziness; inability to concentrate; loss of memory; and even anxiety and depression. These can be hidden symptoms not easily recognized as a brain injury because the physical markings of an injury may not be present.
Our traumatic brain injury attorneys at Marc. J Shuman & Associates can ensure that you undergo a CT or MRI scan in order to reveal any undetected brain injuries that may have occurred as a result of your accident.
Our traumatic brain injury attorney will help you navigate:
If you have suffered a brain injury due to any type of accident, a brain injury attorney will help you receive the financial compensation to allow you to get the medical care you need – now and in the future. We will work with top experts to best determine any future requirements you will need, and fight for you to make sure your settlement includes these important considerations.
Because there is no way of telling how a brain injury will continue to affect you in the future, it is very important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
Brain injuries are nothing to take lightly. Therefore, you should find an experienced brain injury attorney as soon as possible if you think that you or someone you know might be suffering from a traumatic brain injury. An experienced attorney will be able to recommend the right medical specialists to ensure your injury is accurately diagnosed and treated.
Understanding treatment and unexpected costs
Treatment for a traumatic brain injury can be extremely costly. An individual may end up having to spend time in a hospital. They also may be required to pay for other medical expenses such as physical rehabilitation. Furthermore, a brain injury may keep the victim from being able to work in the future.
Since 1996, the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates have been helping Traumatic Brain Injury victims, and their families, navigate the complex legal process. As experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys, we can help you evaluate the facts, assess your options, navigate the legal challenges and advocate on your behalf.
Marc J. Shuman & Associates has over 77 combined years of experience advocating for over 25,000 injury victims and their families. We aggressively fight on your behalf, so you can focus on the task of recovery.
Illinois Brain Injury FAQ
What’s the difference between a concussion and a traumatic brain injury?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes your head to move rapidly, damaging your brain. There are also other types of traumatic brain injuries.
A mild brain injury is usually caused by a concussion that does not lead to the loss of consciousness, or when the loss of consciousness is very short. More severe brain injuries are often accompanied by longer loss of consciousness and longer lasting side effects.
How can I tell if my child is suffering from a brain injury?
Children, especially very young children, may not be able to understand or express the symptoms they suffer after a traumatic brain injury. However, there are certain things you can observe that might suggest that they have suffered one. If you are concerned that your child might have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should always check with your doctor.
Some of the behaviors that might suggest a traumatic brain injury are:
- Unusual or unusually frequent irritability
- Sudden change in eating habits
- Decline in ability to pay attention and focus
- Sudden loss of interest in favorite activities
- Change in sleeping habits
How can I tell how bad a brain injury is?
If you believe that you have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, your first priority should be to discuss the matter with your doctor and receive care. They will be better able to determine the scope of your injury than you will, especially if you are still disoriented from your injury.
If you have lost consciousness for an extended period (several minutes or more), suffer from convulsions or seizures, struggle with a persistent headache following a head injury, or struggle to wake up after sleeping, you may be suffering from a moderate to severe brain injury. These are all serious concerns and should not be ‘toughed out’. Inform your doctor of your symptoms and seek treatment as soon as reasonably possible.
What kind of long-term effects do I have to plan for after a brain injury?
After a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury, there are often negative aftereffects that stretch on for years.
In the years after your brain injury, you are 50 times more likely to suffer from seizures; 11 times more likely to die from accidental drug poisoning; 9 times more likely to suffer from infections; and 6 times more likely to get pneumonia. It is then extremely important that you take precautions against this, and that it is taken into account during your claim when considering your long-term medical expenses.
A personal injury lawyer can help you consider these and other possible risks that you might not be aware of and make sure that you get the assistance and compensation you need, even if you didn’t know you needed it.
How long does it usually take to recover from a brain injury?
The time it takes to recover from a brain injury depends on its severity, but even mild injuries with rapid recoveries can take three to six months. Most symptoms from mild brain injuries tend to either disappear or improve within about a year from your injury.
More severe injuries can take years to recover and have long term effects that stretch far into the future, requiring regular checkups to ensure that your condition does not worsen. Because of how unpredictable the duration of some of these effects can be, it can be difficult to quantify exactly how much your ongoing medical expenses can be. Consulting with your doctor, as well as an experienced personal injury lawyer that can help you find out what your costs really are. In this way, we can make sure that you get the treatment and compensation you deserve.
What can I expect after a concussion or brain injury?
When you have been in an accident where you have been injured, you have two immediate priorities. The first is to get a proper medical examination and treatment as soon as possible. This is obviously important in order to treat your injuries and discover any other injuries that you might not have known of. In addition, you should inform your doctor about the origin of your injuries and ask if they are severe enough to prevent you from working or engaging in other activities. Loss of income from being unable to work is an important part of your case when you are filing a claim for compensation from insurance or if you are forced to take the issue to court.
Secondly, depending on the nature of your accident, you should document the circumstances of your accident to preserve evidence. This could include photographs of your vehicle, as well as the scene if you were in a car accident; any visible injuries you may have suffered; as well as the prescription and medication involved if your medicine was mislabeled or inappropriately prescribed.
What kind of damages are covered in compensation for a personal injury claim?
After a brain injury, there can be numerous lingering effects that might not be immediately obvious to expect from having hit your head. Reduced concentration, irritability, tiredness, and a poor general mood are quite common. Short-term memory problems, headaches, anxiety, and a difficulty to focus on thinking are also common symptoms, as are dizziness, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.
These symptoms usually pass or grow less severe after a few months. If your symptoms have not been reduced or get worse after a period of three to six months, speak with your doctor about it. You may have experienced a more significant injury than you initially thought.
What kind of accidents usually result in brain injuries?
While there are many possible accidents that could lead to an unfortunate brain injury, almost half of the traumatic brain injuries recorded in the United States every year come down to one of four categories:
- Auto Accidents. Over three hundred thousand injuries happen every year because of automobile related accidents. That’s way too many.
- Assault. An absolutely tragic amount- almost two hundred thousand every year.
- Falls. There are more than half a million injuries every year from preventable falls.
- Being unintentionally struck by an object. Upwards of 280,000 injuries yearly. This is
especially common for those working physical jobs like construction.