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IL brain injury lawyerMarch is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. The severity of brain injuries vary depending on the type of accident that caused it. Incidents can range from someone colliding with another athlete while playing sports to falling off a ladder at work and hitting their head to being involved in a car accident. Victims should seek immediate medical attention as the injury may require surgery, a lengthy hospital stay, and/or extensive therapy. In many cases, another party may have caused the injury, such as a drunk or distracted driver or negligent manufacturer. A personal injury attorney can assist those who are suffering and pursue compensation on their behalf to alleviate the expense associated with medical bills and lost wages.

Prompt Care and Rehabilitation Can Restore Brain Function

The treatment for brain injuries might be different depending on the type of damage to the brain. For example, the way a concussion is treated is different than a skull fracture. The first step in treating a brain injury involves imaging tests. A computerized tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays for a comprehensive view of the brain and is typically performed when a victim comes to the emergency room. A CT scan can reveal fractures as well as hemorrhages, hematomas, contusions, or swelling. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio waves for a detailed view of the brain. This test may be conducted once a patient’s condition stabilizes.

Generally, mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) require rest and over-the-counter pain medication to relieve symptoms such as a headache. However, even individuals with less serious brain injuries should be monitored closely for any worsening or new symptoms. Limiting physical or thinking (cognitive) activities is typically recommended by physicians.

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Illinois injury lawyerAccording to a study published in the journal Neurology, even relatively minor brain injuries carry an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder.

The Study

Researchers studied 325,870 veterans whose health data was recorded from 2002 to 2014 to explore the correlations between traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and the development of Parkinson’s Disease. Of those who developed Parkinson’s Disease, 65% percent had previously had a TBI ranging from mild to severe in nature.

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Bloomingdale brain injury attorney, brain injuries, head injuriesHead injuries are commonly sustained in accidents such as car crashes and slip and falls. This is because the brain is vulnerable and more susceptible to injury. Unfortunately, the head is also one of the most difficult body parts to treat because of its complexity and because so many bodily processes involve the brain. Treatment for brain injuries can be varied and long-term.

Often, the extent of a head injury, which includes traumatic brain injury (or TBI), is not known in the direct aftermath of an accident. Therefore it is critical that accident victims not take a quick settlement offer before the full nature of the injury is known and until they can meet with a lawyer.

Initial Treatment for Head Injuries

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DuPage County TBI attorney, traumatic brain injuriesTraumatic brain injuries can arise in almost any accident, including car crashes and slip and falls. TBIs are caused by a sudden jolt or strike to the head. TBIs can also be caused by repetitive hits to the brain.

Brain injuries are serious, and accidents where a victim has sustained such an injury should be handled by an attorney to be sure that the claim’s recovery is maximized. Complications can range from being obvious (such as a coma) or more subtle and not immediately apparent to others (such as learning disabilities).

However, all complications stemming from a TBI are likely compensable under law and should be reported to get a full recovery.

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