According to the Center for Disease Control, around 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. More than 2% of the US population lives with disabilities as the result of a traumatic brain injury or accident.
A brain injury can be one of the most debilitating injuries as a result of an accident. There are two types of brain injuries; Traumatic (TBI) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Repeated mild TBIs, including those sustained from sports injuries, occurring within a short period of time can be catastrophic or fatal.
An Overview of Brain Injury Law
Just like any other personal injury, people who suffer a brain injury are entitled to peruse compensation from the person or entity that was at fault for the injury. Even if you are partially at fault, you may still be eligible for compensation.
Both medical evidence and reliable witness testimony from friends, family, and co-workers will be helpful to your case. Finding this evidence becomes more difficult as time passes, therefore it is always best to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Brain Injuries in Children
To address the growing concern of brain injuries in children, Illinois law requires each school district to adapt and include a policy regarding head injuries with each student’s participation agreement. Schools are also required to provide educational materials on the risks of concussions from sporting activities. Specifically, the law states school are required to provide;
…educational materials that describe the nature and risk of concussion and head injuries, including the advisability of removal of youth athletes that exhibit signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion, such as a loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems, from a practice or game.
Types of Brain Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may be caused by a number of different accidents. Even snapping the head backwards and then forwards at a rapid speed (whiplash) can cause a brain injury. Some of the more common causes of brain injury, ;
There are two classifications of TBI, open or closed brain injury. An open brain injury occurs when an outside object penetrates the skull and enters the brain. A closed brain injury occurs when sudden movement or trauma causes the brain to knock against the skull.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) takes place on a more cellular level, and therefore affects the entire brain at once. An acquired brain injury can result from;
- Lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain
- Electrical shocks
- Traumatic brain injury or concussion
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Stroke or Brain tumors
Effects of ABI include, but are not limited to; depression, difficulties managing anger impulses, memory loss, sleep difficulties, changes in personality, pain, seizures, dizziness, and paralysis.
About Mike Brennan
Michael Brennan is a former Illinois State’s Attorney with more than 25 years of trial experience. His tough, results-driven approach will ensure that you get the highest level of compensation for yourself and your family.
With offices conveniently located in Orland Park, Illinois, as well as downtown Chicago, Michael Brennan requires no fees until you achieve your compensation settlement.
Call us for a free consultation in regards to your brain or head injury and the possibilities for compensation.