Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are very serious and often misunderstood. Because the symptoms and effects can vary widely, many people have difficulty explaining the full extent of the challenges and impairments that a TBI can cause. Our personal injury attorneys understand that this injury can change your life, and the following is some brief information regarding the nature of brain injuries.
Brain injuries can occur in many ways and can damage many different areas of the brain tissue. A slight bump on the head can cause a brain injury, and TBIs are generally categorized in the following manner:
- Mild TBIs, which create symptoms for a few days or weeks
- Moderate TBIs, which can have longer-lasting effects
- Severe TBIs, which often leave victims with permanent impairments or facing years of recovery
Every victim of a TBI will have different symptoms, often depending on the part of the brain that was damaged and the severity of the injury. However, symptoms can affect your cognitive, behavioral, physical, and emotional capabilities. Some common effects include:
- Difficulty processing information or following instructions
- Memory lapses
- Trouble focusing or concentrating
- Lack of coordination or balance
- Vision, hearing, or speech issues
- Problems with written and verbal communication
- Anger management problems
- Personality changes
- Mood disorders
This list is far from exhaustive, and the effects of a particular brain injury can impact many areas of your life.
Treatment for TBIs can also vary depending on the nature of the injury and symptoms. For example, a patient with a severe brain injury may be unconscious for an extended period of time, which could require a stay in the intensive care unit. In addition, many victims of severe TBIs require time in a rehabilitative facility. If complications arise, a brain injury victim may also require surgery to relieve intracranial pressure or fluid from the brain.
Even mild brain injuries often require a victim to take time off from work or other activities, and a treatment plan can cause significant disruption in your life.
Call Our Chicago Brain Injury Lawyers for Assistance Today
If you have incurred losses because of a brain injury that you sustained in any type of accident, discuss your situation with our skilled Chicago personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes. Please contact our office at (312) 924-7575 for help today.