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Brain Injury

Accident Attorney, Josephine Cullotta, Specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by a Accident - offices in Chicago & Glenview Illinois

If you or a loved one has suffered a Illinois Traumatic brain injury (TBI) contact Cullotta Law Offices right away. Delay can cause loss of crucial evidence. Our greater Chicago personal injury law firm understand the importance of gathering all evidence as soon as possible to maximize our clients’ damages.

Compensation & Recoverable Damages for Chicago Area Traumatic Brain Injury & Spinal Cord Injury

Damages for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI ) vary from case to case.

Some recoverable damages in a Chicago personal injury settlement or lawsuit may include: 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 facility expenses, and more.

Common Consequences of Moderate / Severe Traumatic Brain Injury 

  1. Intracranial pressure (ICP) is monitored when GCS score is between 3 and 8 or abnormal CT scan. 
  2. Craniotomy is the temporary surgical removal of bone from skull (called bone flap) until brain surgery. 

Abnormal CT scan that shows: 

    1. Brain Hematoma: 
      • blood collects between the dura, which is the skull's outer shell, and the inner table of the skull
    2. Brain 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: 
      • due to a large amount of force applied to the head
        • Skull fracture symptoms may include bleeding and bruising 
          • middle ear bleeding 
        • back of ear bruised
          • dark circles around the eyes.

Severe traumatic brain injury causes a change in consciousness:

  1. Coma 
      • complete unconsciousness
      • patient cannot be awakened or aroused, even by powerful stimulation.
      • 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
      • Sleep-wake cycle ( eye opening and eye closing)
      • May make sounds 
      • May show facial expressions for no particular reason
      • Can react to a loud sound if startles

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury also called a Brain Concussion 

  1. A non-penetrating force to the head.
      1. Neurobehavioral, Psychosocial, Physical or Behavioral Consequences of a Concussion after a accident may include any or all of the following symptoms.
      2. Most common symptoms of a   Concussion / Mild Traumatic Brain Injury are
        • Headache, Migraine
        • Photophobia
        • Sensitive to light
          • second-most common symptom after a concussion or TBI
          • usually begins 1-week after concussion and lasts for 2-3 weeks
        • Vertigo 
          • triggered by certain head movements , e.g., looking down at floor when vacuuming
          • May experience ringing in the ears, nystagmus (jerking eye movement), loss of hearing
        • Hearing Loss
        • Feel nauseated
        • Vomiting
        • Memory loss
          •  Unable to remember certain memories
          •  Can't remember before, during or after brain injury accident 
        • Unable to taste 
        • Loss of smell
        • Can’t  concentration
        • Can’t focus
        • Trouble reading or writing 
        • Word finding loss
        • Difficulty communicating
        • Isolation, avoid social events
        • Anxiety
        • Mood changes
        • Anger
        • Depression

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Illinois, due to someone else's wrongdoing or negligence, contact our Greater Chicago Brain Injury Lawyer today.

Free case consultation.   Call us at 847-651-7191 or our online form

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