Brain injuries should never be taken lightly

To date, doctors are unable to undo the damage caused by a brain injury, making it the most complicated condition of all.

In 2013, the Illinois Department of Transportation reported that 79,269 traffic accidents occurred throughout the state. Over 85,000 injuries occurred and there were 991 fatalities. Here at Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., we know that a car accident can occur at any time, leaving you or a loved one seriously injured.

Recently, a driver was sent to a local medical center in Oak Lawn after suffering a brain injury. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver was involved in a traffic accident involving three tractor trailers. The cause of the accident is unknown but the brain injury was considered non-life threatening.

Complexities of brain injuries

There are two main types of brain injuries according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. These are closed head injuries, which are injuries that occur from the head being struck on an object, and open head injuries which occur when the brain is pierced by an external object such as a bullet or an arrow. When the head is injured, it suffers what is called primary brain damage and then secondary brain damage. The secondary brain damage is what occurs later on and can include seizures, swelling of the brain and other issues.

Many outside factors can influence the severity of a brain injury, such as the age of the person and the person's overall health. Additionally, the area of the brain that was hit, the force applied to the blow and the cause of the injury all play a role. The Brain Injury Association of America states that two people with the same history and type of injury will have different symptoms and issues. This makes it currently impossible for doctors to actually heal a brain injury. All they can do is try to stabilize the victim and prevent further damage from occurring.

A wide range of symptoms

Some head injury victims with a concussion may experience headaches, dizziness, loss of balance and nausea. More severe brain injuries can cause long-term or permanent symptoms such as the following:

  • Change of personality or emotions
  • Coma
  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of memory
  • Inability to speak
  • Problems with breathing, heartrate and sleeping

It is also important for people to understand that these symptoms may show up immediately after the initial injury or could surface later on. This makes it difficult for medical professionals to diagnose the extent of the damage the injury has caused of an accurate healing period. Brain injury can also raise people's risk of suffering a stroke later on in life and developing Parkinson's disease.

For people who are injured by negligent drivers, it is important to make sure that the compensation asked for will cover these long and short-term needs. Therefore, victims would find it helpful to speak with an experienced injury attorney.