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McHenry County personal injury lawyerWhile there are many injuries that a victim could suffer in a car accident, some are more severe than others. Life-altering and life-threatening injuries can result in extreme financial losses and may even cause financial devastation for the victim and their family, not to mention the severe physical and mental effects. If you have suffered a traumatic injury, a qualified personal injury attorney can help you recover the most compensation possible.

Severe Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common injuries in car crashes, and they can be deadly because they are easy to overlook. Victims may not have an open wound, bruise, or bump. In fact, a victim might not have even hit his or her head since a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a sudden jarring of the brain, not necessarily a blow to the head. If you notice symptoms of confusion, loss of consciousness, persistent headaches, or other strange symptoms, you should contact a healthcare professional immediately. A victim could also sustain a skull fracture or a penetrating head wound, both of which could be fatal, especially when not promptly treated.

Penetrating Chest and Abdominal Injuries

Any penetration of the body is typically considered a medical emergency, but those involving the chest or abdominal area can quickly turn into a fatal situation. The lungs, heart, bowels, liver, kidneys, and major blood vessels are all contained within these areas of the body. Injuries from a penetrating wound often require complicated emergency surgery to repair, and this can come with high expenses for which you may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.

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McHenry County traumatic brain injury attorneyEach year in the United States, an estimated 2.8 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including many whose conditions were caused by car accidents. Of those, approximately 50,000 do not survive their injuries, and another 280,000 are hospitalized and ultimately released. The rest are treated in emergency rooms and then released home to heal. What makes the difference between these three groups of people? Sometimes, it is the severity of the injury itself, but being able to recognize the early signs and symptoms can also be crucial for both the short- and long-term prognosis of a victim.

Early Detection is Crucial

In situations involving a severe brain injury, time can mean the difference between life and death. However, even in cases of mild or moderate TBI, early detection can be important. It ensures that the victim does not do things they should avoid, such as tasks that involve concentration and activities that can result in a secondary injury. Early detection can also ensure that victims receive proper treatment.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

Although a traumatic brain injury can be caused by any jolt, blow, or sudden and violent movement of the head, traffic accidents and falls are the most common causes. In addition, traffic accidents are among the leading causes of TBI-related death. As such, all car, truckbicycle, and pedestrian accident victims should know the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.

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Car Accident Injuries Are Not Always Immediately ObviousA major car accident can be one of the scariest moments of a person’s life. Car crashes can happen in the blink of any eye and may leave a person unsure of what has even happened. In the chaotic moments after a traumatic event such as a traffic accident, a person may be in shock. “Fight or flight” hormones are coursing through his or her bloodstream increasing heart rate and masking the feeling of pain. Many people do not realize the extent of the injuries they sustained in a car accident until days or weeks later. This is one reason that it is so important to get medical care immediately following a major accident.

Whiplash Symptoms Might Not Appear for Days After an Accident

One of the most common injuries people suffer in a car accident is whiplash, which occurs when a sudden, forceful movement causes the muscles, ligaments, or bones of the neck to be damaged. Violent acceleration or deceleration from a car crash is a common cause of whiplash. The symptoms of whiplash often include neck pain, stiffness, numbness or tingling, weakness, reduced mobility, headache, and shoulder and back pain. In some cases, a person suffering from whiplash can also experience vision problems, dizziness, tinnitus, emotional changes, memory and concentration problems, and fatigue. These symptoms may be unnoticeable or very minor immediately following an accident and then get worse and worse over time.

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Take Time to Notice

More than half of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sustained during traffic accidents. TBI can be caused by an object such as a shard of skull piercing the brain as well as non-penetrative damage. Many TBI occur when a powerful blow to the head causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull. If a person hits their head on the windshield of their car during an accident, for example, they may suffer a TBI. The only outer indication that a head injury even occurred may be a small cut or bruise. The injured person may not realize how serious the inner damage to the brain is unless they get checked out by a doctor. TBI can cause long-term problems with memory, balance, sight, communication, and mental wellbeing.

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Youth Football Causes Risk of Long-Term Brain InjuriesIllinois lawmakers have proposed legislation that would ban tackle football for children younger than 12. While youth football has always included inherent risks for its participants, the motivation for the proposed law is the increased attention given to the traumatic brain injuries that can develop after repeated head collisions. By the time that they are in their 20s, some former youth football participants have already been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease. The most tragic cases have resulted in these young men committing suicide or dying due to reckless behavior. Unfortunately, those who suffer from football-related injuries such as CTE do not always receive personal injury compensation. Illinois’ courts have a high standard for holding people or sports organizations liable for football injuries.

Assumed Risk

Illinois courts apply a contact sports exception to personal injury cases involving football injuries. Players, coaches, and organizations are not liable for ordinary negligence that leads to injuries. There is an inherent risk of injury that comes with playing tackle football, and players who voluntarily participate are assumed to have accepted the risk. Often, parents are required to sign a liability waiver before allowing their children to play. However, a party may be liable for a contact sports injury if he or she shows reckless negligence or willful misconduct. Examples may include:

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Serious Brain Injuries After A Head-On Collision, Crystal Lake Personal Injury LawyerHead-on collisions are some of the most dangerous car accidents, capable of causing serious injuries and death. The force with which cars collide into each other can cause long lasting injuries, especially in the brain, neck, and back. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon in these kinds of accidents, and even though some people walk away from the accident feeling fine, they may later develop symptoms and complications that leave them with permanent injuries.

A traumatic brain injury can affect a person's life in many different ways, including impairing a person's short or long-term memory. A person who survives a head-on collision and is later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury may go through periods in which he cannot remember basic facts about history, current affairs, or his own life. Things that others may take for granted, such as remembering a child's name, how to walk, or operate machinery become difficult after some brain injuries.

A person who suffers from a traumatic brain injury may not be able to function at work or home as they did before the accident that caused their injuries. The person may have problems understanding directions, communicating with co-workers, focusing on tasks, and even reading and understanding written material. When these things happen, the person may lose his job or be forced to take a lower paying position that may accommodate his condition. Although people suffering from a traumatic brain injury may not be able to return to their former state of health, there are treatment options that can help them cope with their new lives.

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