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I’ve Suffered a Brain Injury – What Can Happen to Me?

Jan 19, 2016

Brain injuries are no small matter. When an individual suffers trauma to the head, he or she can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries can lead to a wide variety of complications, some of which are permanent. If you are in an accident and your head suffers any type of impact, seek medical attention as soon as you can. Do this even if you do not feel like you are injured – in many cases, traumatic brain injuries do not have obvious symptoms. This is a large part of why they are so dangerous.

Educate yourself about all of the issues that you could potentially face as a brain injury victim before you move forward with your personal injury claim. Discuss them with your doctor as you discuss your diagnosis and treatment options – as a brain injury victim, you could potentially suffer life-changing effects of your injury. Talk about these effects and your needs with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine how to move forward with your claim.

You Could Experience Minor Symptoms

If your injury was fairly minor, you might only suffer minor symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Fatigue;
  • Nausea;
  • Confusion; and
  • Irritability.

It is important that you do not ignore these symptoms because although they appear with minor brain injuries, they can also be indicative of a more severe injury that requires extensive medical intervention. Discuss any symptoms you experience with your doctor to determine an accurate diagnosis and the correct treatment for your injury.

You Could Develop a Disability

Disabilities often accompany brain injuries. This is because your brain is the central organ of your nervous system, which is the body system responsible for sending and receiving nerve signals to every other organ and system in your body. Basically, your brain is your body’s central command center. If your brain is damaged in an accident, the portion of the brain that sends or receives certain signals can be destroyed or severely impaired, causing you to become disabled.

Disabilities can be physical, behavioral, or cognitive. Sometimes, a brain injury can cause an individual to suffer more than one type of disability.

Examples of physical disabilities include:

  • Blindness;
  • Deafness or damaged hearing;
  • Balance and coordination problems;
  • Inability to walk; and
  • Loss of muscular control.

Examples of behavioral disabilities include:

  • Consistently inappropriate behavior;
  • An inability to build or maintain interpersonal relationships;
  • An inability to learn or retain information that is not due to an intellectual disability; and
  • Mood disorders like depression.

Examples of cognitive disabilities include:

  • An inability to learn or understand new information;
  • Problems making new memories or accessing old memories;
  • An inability to communicate one’s needs or thoughts to others;
  • Decreased brain function to the point that the individual can no longer care for him- or herself.

You Could Go Into a Coma

When an injury is very severe, the body sometimes copes with this by shutting down all lower-level processes like walking, speaking, and seeing to preserve more important processes, like the brain and heart functions. This is known as a comatose state or being in a coma. In this state, a patient is still alive, but unable to do anything for him- or herself.

Sometimes, patients come out of comas through medical care. In other cases, patients recover to the point of being in a permanent vegetative state, which means that they cannot perform most types of care for themselves and require permanent medical access, generally with a caretaker or in a nursing home setting. In some cases, a patient never leaves the comatose state and instead dies.

You Could Die

Because the brain is such a critical organ to all of the body’s processes, there is a very real chance that a brain injury victim could die from his or her injury. Death can happen instantly or it can happen hours, days, or weeks after being involved in an accident.

When an individual dies because of an injury sustained in an accident, his or her loved ones may seek compensation for the expenses caused by the death through a wrongful death claim.

Work with an Experienced Chicago Brain Injury Attorney

If you have suffered a brain injury in an accident, work with an experienced brain injury attorney to file and pursue your personal injury claim. At The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey, you can find the legal guidance and representation you need as you recover from your injury. Do not wait to make the call – contact our firm to schedule your legal consultation with Thomas A. Morrissey today.













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