The brain is one of the most important organs in the human body. It is responsible for our ability to speak, move, hear, see, remember, feel, and much more. If the brain suffers any injury, we can experience permanent damage—leading to lifelong impairment, financial hardship, and significant pain and suffering.
Many accidents can cause traumatic brain injury, including car accidents, slip and falls, and workplace incidents. If someone else is responsible for your brain injury, you may be eligible to hold him or her accountable for the damages you suffered due to the accident.
In these situations, Duncan Law Group can help. Our attorneys represent Chicago brain injury victims in their lawsuits against negligent drivers, employers, property owners, and more. With experience across multiple personal injury practice areas, we have the skills, knowledge, and resources to secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury that occurs after a violent jolt or blow to the head. You can also develop a TBI after an object penetrates your skull. These injuries can range from mild, temporary damage to the brain cells to severe, debilitating, and fatal conditions.
According to researchers from Louisiana State University, TBIs contribute to 52,000 deaths in the United States each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also states that TBI is a major cause of death and injury for the United States, contributing to 2.87 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in 2014 alone.
The CDC provides the following statistics on TBIs.
Brain injury symptoms vary based on the severity and location of the damage. They may appear immediately after the accident, or they may not appear until days or even weeks later. Mild cases of TBI may result in loss of consciousness, headache, vomiting, and memory or concentration problems in the hours or days after a head injury. If you have a more severe case of TBI, you may experience the following symptoms.
You should always seek medical attention if you experience a blow to the head or body. Even a mild case of TBI may result in permanent loss of function and may worsen without immediate treatment. Several complications can arise after a brain injury, such as fatal brain infections, fluid build-up in the brain, blood vessel damage, coma, and brain death.
Long-term damage, including intellectual difficulties, communication problems, behavioral changes, and loss of physical function, is also likely to occur, even in cases of mild TBI. You may be able to regain some of your function with the help of your medical team, but this is not possible for all TBI cases. Your prognosis and recovery timeline depends on the severity of your condition.
Brain injuries can be very expensive. You will need to pay for expensive medical care that may last for a very long time, such as specialized rehabilitation programs, surgeries, and hospitalizations. You may require disability accommodations, live-in care, and transportation to and from your appointments. Your injury may lead to lost wages or an inability to return to work at all, along with physical pain and psychological trauma.
Under Illinois law, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit over a brain injury if the injury occurred due to another person’s negligence, such as a driver who speeds through a red light or a landlord who fails to repair broken stairs. You could hold him or her accountable for the physical, emotional, and financial losses you suffered due to the accident, including the following.
To secure compensation in a brain injury lawsuit, you will need to prove four key facts using clear and sufficient evidence.
Navigating the litigation process can be difficult after a recent injury, especially a TBI. You will need to gather clear and sufficient evidence to prove your right to damages, such as medical records, paystubs, surveillance footage, and witness testimony. You may need to enter negotiations with insurance representatives and defense attorneys, and if your case goes to trial, you will need to present a compelling claim for your right to damages.
This experience can be daunting. In these situations, you need an attorney who can represent your best interests, allowing you to focus on recovery. At Duncan Law Group, our Chicago brain injury lawyers can handle all aspects of your case, from deposing witnesses to securing experts who can provide testimony on your behalf. Your attorney can also estimate your case value, gather evidence, and negotiate with attorneys and insurance companies.
If you suffer a traumatic brain injury in Chicago, you may be eligible for financial compensation. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Duncan Law Group advocate for injury victims across the state of Illinois. Our trial attorneys have the experience, skills, and legal knowledge necessary to maximize your award and support you in your recovery.
Contact Duncan Law Group today to schedule your free consultation with a Chicago brain injury lawyer.