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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Nov 17, 2015

A traumatic brain injury is any injury caused by an external force. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur as a result of a variety of accident types and depending on their severity, can be relatively minor or result in life-altering injuries for a victim.

If you have been involved in any type of accident, seek medical care as soon as possible. Do this even if you do not feel like you are injured – in some cases, injuries are not immediately detectable or can appear minor at first, then become much more serious over time. After you have received a diagnosis and adequate medical treatment, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the next steps toward filing a personal injury claim to receive compensation for your damages.

How Can I Suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries can occur any time a victim’s head suffers trauma. Some examples of accidents that can result in TBIs include:
● Car accidents;
● Slip and fall accidents;
● Bicycle accidents;
● Dog attacks; and
● Assaults.

Some of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
● Loss of consciousness;
● Disrupted sleeping patterns;
● Irritability;
● Memory loss;
● Light sensitivity;
● Blurred vision;
● Difficulty balancing;
● Confusion;
● Headache;
● Dizziness; and
● Personality changes.

Some of these symptoms are best observed by those around a victim, rather than the victim. If you have recently been involved in an accident and your loved ones claim you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, or you notice them in yourself, you could be suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

A TBI can be mild or severe. The most common type of TBI is a concussion. This is a fairly mild type of traumatic brain injury that generally resolves itself within a short period of time with rest and medical supervision.

More severe TBIs can require immediate medical attention, often within a few hours of the accident. These types of traumatic brain injury can result in serious life-altering injuries, such as paralysis and quadriplegia. In some cases, a severe traumatic brain injury can be deadly.

Traumatic Brain Injuries are Often Invisible

With a TBI, the victim suffers an injury in his or her brain often without visible symptoms to the head. Because of the lack of visible symptoms, the victim and those around him or her might not realize he or she is injured. This can keep the victim from seeking medical attention, putting him or her at risk of aggravating the injury. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, regardless of whether or not you “feel injured.” Many injuries can become more severe if they are left untreated, creating a much greater health risk to the victim than he or she would have faced if he or she had initially sought medical care.

Work with an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

After you have received adequate medical care following your accident, contact an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney to discuss the next steps toward filing a personal injury claim for monetary compensation. Contact The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey at 708-352-3790 today to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm. By working with an experienced personal injury attorney, you have a greater chance of receiving an adequate settlement for your needs following your accident. Do not wait to make the call – consult with an attorney to protect your rights.













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