Protecting Your Health After A Brain Injury
Even a seemingly minor accident can cause serious injuries. You may sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) without even realizing that you are injured. If you have been diagnosed with a brain or head injury after a car accident or other accident, we can help.
At the Chicago office of Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., our lawyers are sensitive to the needs of brain injury victims and their families. With more than a century of combined experience in car accident and other personal injury cases, we have the necessary insight to pursue the compensation that you deserve. You can trust us to keep your best interests in mind as we fight to protect your rights.
Do I Have A Brain Injury?
After an accident, you may not immediately realize that you have a brain injury. Symptoms of a TBI may not immediately surface. It may take days or weeks for symptoms to fully develop. It is important to know that you do not have to hit your head on anything in the accident to sustain a brain injury.
There are numerous signs of a brain injury that can often be mistaken for other conditions. If you have been in an accident and have experienced any of the below symptoms, it is in your best interests to be evaluated by a trusted medical professional:
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurry vision
- Memory loss
- Uneven pupil dilation
Types Of Brain Injuries
There are many different types of brain injuries that can have a significant impact on your life and the lives of your family members. Some common TBIs that can be sustained in serious accidents include:
- Concussions: When the brain is shaken, twisted and bounced around in the skull during an accident, it can cause a concussion. While there may be no visible bruising on the brain itself, there can be damage to the cells and brain structures that result in headaches, memory loss and other symptoms that may never subside.
- Bleeding in the brain: When there is bleeding in the brain, it is referred to as a brain hemorrhage or brain bleed. This is a very serious situation, as the bleeding must be stopped in order to prevent further serious injury or death. Even if there is no obvious head wound, if you struck your head during an accident, there may be bleeding in your brain. Only medical evaluations, including those utilizing equipment such as CTs and MRIs, can identify a brain bleed.
- Contrecoup injury: If a vehicle is hit from one direction, and the brain moves in the opposite direction in the skull, it can result in a contrecoup injury. This is a serious brain contusion that can cause headaches, issues with motor control, nausea and other issues.
- Anoxia and hypoxia: Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause serious and long-lasting effects. When an accident causes you to stop breathing and your brain is deprived of oxygen, you can permanently lose function in numerous parts of your body.