Working Diligently for Crash Victims Who Suffer Head Trauma
Many victims of distracted or intoxicated drivers suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs occur when the brain experiences trauma caused by an external force. Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injury. Auto accidents often cause TBIs because of a violent jolt incurred during a collision, blunt force trauma from a hard surface like the steering wheel or windshield, or penetration of the skull caused by a foreign object. TBIs can have a profound impact on an accident victim’s life by altering language skills, cognitive functioning, emotions, sensation, and even mobility. While concussions constitute a mild form of TBI, they can still have significant consequences.
Why Do Illinois Car Accident Victims Choose Stein & Shulman?
Our Chicago car accident concussion lawyers recognize that insurance companies often try to trivialize the severity of this form of traumatic brain injury. Our lawyers work with experts in post-concussion syndrome and other brain injuries so that they can explain medical and scientific evidence in a persuasive and understandable way to a judge or jury. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our concussion injury attorneys have over 45 years of experience taking on large insurance companies and the negligent parties they represent. Our clients trust us based on results and a commitment to providing timely updates and communication to the individuals we represent. Stein & Shulman, LLC has recovered over $40 million dollars in judgments and settlements for our clients.
When you are pursuing a legal claim for concussion-related injuries, you need a law firm that has extensive experience handling these types of claims. Post-concussion syndrome frequently manifests vague symptoms, so reasonable doctors can differ as to whether the condition exists. Since the existence and severity of this type of injury are not clear cut, our law firm might need to take the case to trial to maximize a client’s recovery depending on the facts and circumstances. Our access to top concussion experts allows us to effectively dispute the conclusions of the insurance company’s experts.
Understanding Post-Concussion Syndrome
Post-concussion syndrome refers to a complex medical condition that can manifest symptoms for weeks, months, or even years. According to a study published in the Journal of Trauma, forty to sixty percent of people who experience a TBI suffer from post-concussion syndrome in the initial weeks following the head injury. Approximately half of TBI victims experience the condition for up to three months. Approximately ten to fifteen percent continue to suffer from the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome for over a year.
The symptoms experienced by those with post-concussion syndrome resemble those of a concussion, but additional concussion symptoms might appear, including the following:
- Tension headaches
- Atypical behavioral or emotional responses
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Difficulty sleeping
Although this condition can be serious, a definitive diagnosis is difficult, so patients need to seek immediate medical attention and disclose all symptoms no matter how minor they might seem at the time. Insurance companies routinely dispute the severity of concussion injuries or contend they were caused by something other than the traffic accident. Prompt medical attention can increase the probability that your medical records provide documentation of the existence and severity of your TBI.
Talk to a Chicago Traffic Accident Concussion Attorney Today
Our experienced Cook County traffic accident concussion attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC have the experience, legal expertise, and litigation resources to navigate the special challenges involved in pursuing concussion-related injury claims. Our law firm offers vast experience and a proven track record of obtaining large verdicts and settlements for our clients. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0506 or email us to schedule your free case evaluation.