Our central and peripheral nervous systems (CNS & PNS) and their various functions are incredibly complex, and this is something that we often take for granted. The CNS (comprised of our brain & spinal cord) and PNS (enclosed bundles of axons, or nerves) are responsible for transmitting neurological signals to and from various parts of the body in order to control and coordinate our voluntary and involuntary actions. Despite all the progress that has been made in modern medicine and public health, we remain at the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to our understanding of our own cognitive function; however, one thing is clear: keeping these neurological processes in good working order is directly correlated with our quality of life.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is usually the product of a sudden blow or jolt to the head, and this sort of impact is not uncommon in car accidents. TBIs are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States; every year, some 1.4 million individuals are reported as having sustained brain or spinal cord injuries, and over 5.3 million Americans are currently living with the onset of long-term disability because of their injuries.
Unlike the majority of severe and life-threatening injuries, the deleterious effects of TBIs can fly under the radar for days, weeks, months, or even years after an accident. Because damage to the central nervous system is so difficult to detect, many cases of traumatic brain injury are not initially diagnosed, and do not result in hospitalization. This means that our current statistics (such as the injury and hospitalization statistics found above) fail to represent the true magnitude of the problem. (Brain Injuries After a Car Accident-All About Car Accidents)
Symptoms to Look For
➢ Seizures ➢ Spastic muscles
➢ Vision problems (double or blurred vision)
➢ Loss of sensation related to smell or taste
➢ Speech impairments ➢ Headaches or migraines ➢ Fatigue or increased urge to sleep
➢ Issues with balance
Cognitive & Emotional:
➢ Memory loss of any kind
➢ Slowed ability to process information ➢ Trouble concentrating
➢ Communication difficulties
➢ Becoming disoriented ➢ Difficulty completing tasks
➢ Heightened anxiety
➢ Depression or mood swings
➢ Lack of impulse control ➢ Increase in egocentric behaviors
The affect of brain damage can be severe and life altering, and in the aftermath of an accident, routine medical check-ups are not always enough to detect the warning signs. If you have suffered a head or neck injury as a result of an automobile accident, the first call you should make is to a neurologist; if diagnosed in the early stages, many of the damaging affects of brain injury can be mitigated, and action can be taken to deal with the problem proactively. After a specialist has checked you out, your next call should be to a lawyer who can help you navigate the legal process and secure a settlement.
Our legal team possesses a wealth of experience handling brain injury lawsuits and have represented many victims and families throughout Chicago and Illinois. For instance, Steve Levin and Margaret Battersby Black recovered a $17.7 million settlement for a former police officer who suffered a life-altering brain injury as a result of medical malpractice at a Chicago hospital. Our lawyers believe that injury victims should never be punished for the negligent or reckless actions of someone else on the road, and we will fight to protect your rights.
Our law firm is committed to making sure your needs and concerns are handled quickly and appropriately. If you think that you may have a case, contact us online or give us a call to set up a free consultation. We understand how scary it can be to bear the financial burden of lost wages and mounting medical expenses, or wonder how a loved one will be capable of living independently after an accident. We will work with insurance companies, employers and all other necessary parties to ensure that you get the compensation you need and the piece of mind you deserve.