Skilled Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in Belleville, St. Louis, and Edwardsville
More than a million people a year suffer a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States and in the world. They are frequently a result of serious car, truck or motorcycle wreck, although sporting injuries are also large component. It is estimated that 21% of people with serious traumatic brain injuries die within 30 days.
For those who survive the complications can be severe and long lasting. Headaches, memory problems, emotional issues, including personality changes, nausea, blurred vision, limb pain and numbness, and slurred speech, among other things, can continue to plague the patient. Therapy can last a long time to help enable the patient to recover. The brain often heals slowly, even with appropriate care.
For those who are less severely injured, their claims are often highly litigated. Even today, with sophisticated imaging methods like MRIs, and CT scans detection of the injury can be elusive, especially in the chronic stage. The swelling of the brain that causes the problems frequently does not show up on the scans. In even serious cases, the defendants often try to claim that the victim is faking, malingering, or exaggerating their claim, regardless of how clear it is that the victim has genuine injuries. It takes experience for an attorney to understand the complex nature of traumatic brain injuries.
Symptoms of TBI are based on the type of traumatic brain injury and the part of the brain that is affected. A mild TBI is generally when a patient loses consciousness for a few seconds or minutes, or it may be the case that the patient remains conscious. Some other symptoms of mild TBI include:
- Lack of motor coordination
- Difficulty balancing
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in the ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Changes in sleep patterns
Cognitive and emotional symptoms of mild TBI include:
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking
- Personality changes
Symptoms of a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury include:
- Headache that does not go away
- Repeated vomiting and or nausea
- Inability to awaken
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Slurred speech, aphasia (word-finding difficulties), dysarthria (muscle weakness that causes disordered speech)
- Weakness or numbness in the limbs
- Loss of coordination
- Confusion, restlessness or agitation
If you or someone you care about has suffered a brain injury, contact an attorney at Hipskind & McAninch to learn of your legal rights and options. We represent clients in Illinois and Missouri including Belleville, Edwardsville, St. Clair County, Madison County and the St. Louis Metropolitan area. We understand that you may need assistance beyond the usual 9 to 5 business hours, which is why we ask that you call whenever you need legal assistance at 618.641.9189 (IL) or 314.312.2930 (MO). We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We work on a contingency fee basis so we don’t get paid until you do.