Helping Brain Injury Victims Preserve a High Quality of Life
The impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on a victim’s quality of life can hardly be exaggerated. When this type of devastating and life-altering injury is caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of a third-party, it makes the emotional impact of such a catastrophic injury even more overwhelming. A traumatic brain injury can negatively impact every area of your life and rob you of your ability to communicate with others, engage in gainful employment, and even the ability to handle your own basic needs.
The complex physiology of brain injuries combined with the staggering medical cost of care for this type of catastrophic injury makes it essential that you work with a Chicagoland traumatic brain injury lawyer. The law firm you select to handle your claim can have a substantial impact on the outcome of your TBI-related accident case. Because these types of injuries tend to cause extensive debilitation and often involve enormous medical costs, insurance companies fight aggressively to avoid liability for the actions of their insured.
Why Our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Are the Right Choice
Our experienced Chicago brain injury lawyers at Stein and Shulman, LLC have over 45 years of collective experience representing brain damage victims during which we have recovered in excess of $40 million for our clients. We work closely with medical experts, including neurologists who we use to explain to the judge or jury the mechanisms that cause a brain injury, as well as to provide a clear explanation as to how our clients’ brain injuries will impact their future.
Our knowledgeable Chicago TBI accident lawyers recognize that a traumatic brain injury may devastate our clients’ lives so we provide caring, but tenacious legal representation to help our clients obtain the financial compensation they need to rebuild their lives and move past their injuries. We are well aware that no sum of money can return your ability to tell someone close to you that you love them, give you back your ability to walk, or return your reasoning skills and decision-making capacity. What we can do is help you pursue the financial resources you need to maintain the highest quality of life for both you and your family.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
Many people presume that traumatic brain injuries are rare events and that it is highly unlikely they will actually experience one during their lifetime. In reality, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 45. Approximately five million people are currently living with traumatic brain injuries, and a new traumatic brain injury occurs about every 15 seconds. Approximately 400,000 people visit emergency rooms annually who have suffered head injuries. Almost 75 percent of those injuries are considered moderate to severe head injuries. This means that the effects of the injuries persist and can result in long-term problems. The leading causes of brain injuries are motor vehicle accidents, falls, gunshot injuries, and contact sports.
A traumatic brain injury may be focal, which means that it affects a small portion of the brain, or it can be diffuse, which means that a large portion of the brain is affected. Certain types of brain injuries called “closed brain injuries” occur when an outside force causes the brain to be forcibly jolted against the hard bony structure of the inside of the skull, such as with a serious whiplash type motion in a motor vehicle accident. Serious traumatic brain injuries can also occur when a foreign object penetrates through the skull into the brain during a car accident, which is referred to as an “open brain injury”.
If you suffer any sort of traumatic brain injury, it is important to keep in mind that you may not feel significant symptoms immediately after an accident that causes trauma to your head. Frequently, people who suffer very serious closed head injuries feel perfectly normal or have only minor symptoms immediately after the accident. If you experience only minor symptoms, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention because you may have bleeding into the space between the skull and brain. This bleeding can increase the pressure on your brain and cause severe long-term injury or even death. If you obtain medical attention, medical personnel might drill holes in the skull to relieve the pressure on the brain.
The impact of a traumatic brain injury on a person’s quality of life can be extremely dramatic. A serious traumatic brain injury might result in the following effects:
- Loss of motor skills and mobility
- Impaired memory and reasoning skills
- Difficulty with communication and speech
- Loss of bodily functions, control, and sensation
- Damage to your ability to care for your own needs and family
Contact Our Brain Injury Attorneys Today to Reclaim Your Future
We know that a personal injury lawsuit cannot give you back what you have lost when you suffer a TBI in a Chicago area car accident or other serious accident like a slip, trip, and fall. However, it has been estimated that the cost to treat a serious TBI over a victim’s lifetime ranges between a low estimate of about $500,000 and a high estimate of almost $3 million. This type of catastrophic injury can lead to astronomical medical expenses, which financially cripple a family, as well as rob the family of its breadwinner. We have helped many serious motor vehicle accident victims recover compensation, enabling them to maintain the highest quality of life possible after suffering a TBI and provide for the future financial needs of their family. Our Chicago traumatic brain injury attorneys have helped many victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, violent crimes, and/or sports related injuries just like you.
Our Chicagoland TBI lawyers at Stein & Shulman, LLC can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you or your loved one has suffered brain damage, contact us today at (312) 422-0506 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.