Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when the brain is damaged by an outside force. A traumatic brain injury may occur when a force impacts the head hard enough to move the brain but not break the skull (a closed head injury). A traumatic brain injury may also occur when a force breaks the skull (an open head injury) and damages the brain. Trauma is almost always the direct cause of TBI.
Traumatic brain injuries might occur in a variety of manners: a car accident, a bike accident, a severe fall, or a construction accident. This type of injury is common in car accidents because the head may suddenly decelerate by being thrown into the windshield, dashboard or airbag. A study by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that the construction industry has the highest number of traumatic brain injuries among workplaces in the United States. TBI can also occur because of construction site accidents and due to falls caused by dangerous surfaces.
Though proving that a TBI has occurred as a result of negligence is often complex, but an experienced Chicago traumatic brain injury lawyer can assist you. In the most extreme cases, victims suffer obvious and immediate symptoms such as dizziness, irregular breathing, poor balance, lessened endurance and lack of coordination. But often symptoms don’t appear until well after the incident and initial treatment.
At HM&M, we represent many people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of car and truck accidents, construction accidents, falls, bike accidents and other incidents. We work closely with highly trained experts – specialists in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries – who can help prove liability and who can explain to a jury the complexities and severity of your injuries.
At HM&M, we understand how a traumatic brain injury can affect all aspects of your life, including your career and your family relationships. If your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office, our Chicago traumatic brain injury lawyers will come to you. Contact us today.