Misconceptions About Head Injuries

Chicago, Illinois Head Injury Attorneys

Misconceptions about head injuries

While traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are very common, many people are not familiar with the symptoms, treatment, or prognosis for this condition.

When individuals who are unfamiliar with head injuries serve as jurors for personal injury trials involving TBIs, they may not fully comprehend the challenges the victim is facing.  And family members may also not know how to help a loved one with a TBI.

For these reasons, misconceptions about head injuries can pose serious impediments that prevent a victim from obtaining the full treatment, rehabilitation, and care he or she needs.

Common symptoms of brain injuries

Brain injuries can cause a wide range of symptoms, including the following:

  • Impairment of speech, motor skills, or perception
  • Amnesia or confusion
  • Psychological problems
  • Concussion
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Intracranial pressure from fluid buildup
  • Unconsciousness or coma
  • Life-threatening blood clots and excessive bleeding

Those unfamiliar with head injuries might mistake a person with a TBI for a person who is mentally impaired, or suffering from some other kind of medical condition.

A TBI usually involves a forceful blow or jolt to the head that forces the brain to move back and forth within the skull.  When delicate brain tissue hits the sides of the skull, nerves can be damaged, fluid can build up, or bleeding can occur.  Injuries can range from minor, such as a mild concussion, to severe, causing brain damage or even death.

How our Chicago head injury attorneys can assist you

It could take five to 10 years or more for a patient to fully recover from a severe brain injury and many kinds of long-term treatment may be required including the following:

  • Nursing home or assisted living care
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Medical and surgical intervention
  • Medications for symptoms such as seizures
  • Psychological counseling

At the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago, you can consult an experienced Chicago head injury attorney to determine if your case can benefit from a personal injury claim or lawsuit.  Each Illinois head injury lawyer on our legal team has the experience and skills necessary to negotiate effectively with insurance companies as well as to fight on your behalf in a courtroom.

Contact us today

If you are looking for qualified Illinois head injury attorneys, the Phillips Law Offices in Chicago offer quality comprehensive legal services to brain injury victims and their families throughout Illinois.  Please call us at (312) 346-4262, or contact us online today for a free attorney consultation about your case.