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Car Wreck TBIs: Not All Cook County Brain Injuries are Created Equal

April 25, 2019

Contact our Car Accident, Chicago Brain Injury Lawyer if you sustained a concussion or brain injury as a result of a car wreck or auto accident in Chicago, Waukegan, Naperville, Oak Brook, or city Illinois is unique and ranges from mild to severe.  

If you incurred a brain injury as a result of a Chicago  car accident you may be suffering from one of the following:

  • Concussion:

A concussion is a head trauma affecting the entire brain, following a blow or extreme shaking. As with any type of closed head injury, it is the shaking of the brain that damages the brain tissue.  There are many symptoms of a concussion. The primary symptom for a concussion is headaches.

  • Contusion:

A contusion is a localized injury that results in bruising from broken blood vessels. A contusion following a Chicago or IL car accident, which involves violent shaking of the brain, is often referred to as contrecoup. Unlike a concussion, a contusion is visible on either an MRI or CT scan.

  • Epidural Hematoma:

epidural hematoma

An epidural hematoma results when a shaking or blow causes the brain to strike against the skull. Bleeding between the skull and the dura occurs and, as the blood pools, it has nowhere to exit. Pressure inside the skull then begins to build. This type of injury is dangerous because victims often will not have any symptoms until the pooling has caused life-threatening levels of intracranial pressure.

  • Subdural Hematoma: 

A subdural hematoma results when a Cook County car wreck causes bleeding between the dura and the arachnoid membrane. The subdural hematoma can be categorized as chronic, typically following a minor fall or crash to an older individual.

A subdural hematoma can also be categorized as acute, such as when an artery bursts, causing blood to pool and the pressure within the skull to build quickly. This injury is extremely dangerous and could result in death without immediate treatment. If the victim is lucky enough to survive, surgery, intense rehabilitation, and life long disabilities may follow.

    • Primary Brain Injury: 

A primary brain trauma happens during the Chicago or IL car accident causing the injury.

    • Secondary Brain Injury: 

A secondary brain injury occurs over time, developing after the car accident. Changes occur within the brain that further damage brain tissue.

Different categories of brain injuries may correspond to differing potential for damages and compensation following a car accident. Contact a Car Accident Brain Injury Chicago Lawyer for a FREE consultation. We invite you to fill out our online form or call our office at (847) 651-7191 for more information.

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