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Our Personal Injury Lawyer specialize in Brain Injury, Coma, & Concussion  that, in IL, are usually from trauma sustained by a fall or car accident.

Contact our Brain Injury lawyer at Cullotta Law Offices right away if you have a traumatic brain injury because of an accident. Delay can cause loss of crucial evidence.  Cullotta Law Offices has been primarily litigating brain injury cases since 2006. Most Chicago Personal Injury cannot say the same. 

Our auto accident lawyer understands the importance of gathering all evidence as soon as possible to maximize our clients’ damages.

Compensation & Recoverable Damages for Chicago Brain Accident Injury must be accessed on a case by case basis. 

Some recoverable damages in a traumatic brain injury settlement or lawsuit may include past, present and future medical bills, lost time from work, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, disability benefits, pain, suffering, loss of society, round the clock care, nursing home expenses, and more.

brain injury lawyerSeverity of Chicago Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Moderate, Severe, and Mild 

Consequences of Brain Injury:

1. Common Consequences of a  Moderate Brain Injury can Include:

Moderate brain injury is often defined as when there may be a loss of consciousness for less than 24-hours and Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS score) of 9 to 12.

The severity of a traumatic brain injury can change. For example, a Brain Herniation can occur from  increased intracranial pressure. This pressure can cause the patient's level of consciousness to deteriorate. 

abnormal brain scan

An abnormal CT-scan may show one or more of the following:

    1. Hematoma: 
      • Blood collects between the dura, which is the skull's outer shell, and the inner table of the skull
    2. Contusion: 
      • A bruise may be found under or opposite from the side of the impact
      • Can cause brain swelling
      • May cause neurological dysfunction
    3. Brain Swelling:
      • Craniotomy is the temporary surgical removal of bone flap until brain surgery. 
    4. Brain Herniation:
      • Due to increased intracranial pressure.
      • This pressure can cause the patient's level of consciousness to deteriorate.
    5. Compressed Basal Cisterns
    6. Skull Fracture: 
        • Fracture to skull due to a large amount of force applied to the head
        • Skull fracture symptoms may include bleeding and bruising 
          • middle ear bleeding or back of ear bruised
          • dark circles around the eyes.

2. Common Consequences of a Severe TBI May Include:

  • Severe IL traumatic injury to head causes a change in consciousness:

Severe brain injury is defined as a brain injury resulting in a loss of consciousness of greater than 6 hours & a Glasgow Coma Scale of 3 to 8.

The following are three types of Loss of Consciousness include:

    1. Coma 
        • complete unconsciousness
        • unable to wake or arouse
        • may last only a few days or many years
        • can't follow instructions
        • unable to communicate
        • no intentional movement
    2. Minimal conscious state
        • May follows simple instructions
        • May communicate yes or no by talking or gesturing
        • a few understandable words or phrases
        • Posible respond to people, things, events by:
            • tears, smile, laugh
            • sounds '
            • gestures
            • reaching for something 
            • attempting to old or use an something 
            • focus eyes on a person or objects for a period of time regardless of if it or they move
    3. Vegetative State:
        • Cannot follow instructions
        • Unable to communicate with words or otherwise
        • No intentional movement
        • Can open and close eye (Sleep-wake cycle)
        • May make sounds 
        • May show facial expressions for no particular reason
        • Can react to a loud sound if startles

3. Effects of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/  Concussion 

Mild TBI is also known as a concussion and  is defined as is a non-penetrating force to the head. 

Most common symptoms of a  Concussion are:

      1. Headache, Migraine
      2. Photophobia
      3. Sensitive to light
        • second-most common symptom after a concussion or TBI
        • usually begins 1-week after concussion and lasts for 2-3 weeks
      4. Vertigo 
        • Vertigo is triggered by certain head movements , e.g., looking down at floor when vacuuming
        • With vertigo you may also experience ringing in the ears, nystagmus (jerking eye movement), loss of hearing
      5. Hearing Loss
      6. Feel nauseated
      7. Vomiting
      8. Memory loss
        •  Unable to remember certain memories
        •  Can't remember before, during or after brain injury accident 
      9. Unable to taste 
      10. Loss of smell
      11. Can’t  concentration
      12. Can’t focus
      13. Trouble reading or writing 
      14. Word finding loss
      15. Difficulty communicating
      16. Isolation, avoid social events
      17. Anxiety
      18. Mood changes
      19. Anger
      20. Depression

Recovery From a Brain Injury recovery for a chicago illinois brain injury

If you or a loved one has suffered a mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury due to someone else's wrongdoing or negligence, call Cullotta Law Offices at 847-651-7191.  Or, complete our online form to reach our Personal Injury Lawyer today. No cost unless we win.

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