Traumatic brain injuries have gained attention in recent years due to scientific and medical advancements that have allowed professionals to understand what happens to the brain during and after a traumatic event. Nearly half of reported TBIs are the result of an automotive accident, which is why it is important that any motorcyclist involved in an accident be tested, even if no symptoms are present. The Chicago motorcycle injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented numerous clients who have undergone significant life changes due to the progression of brain injuries that were suffered during a motorcycle accident and can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to for your ongoing care.
Brain Injuries are Silent Killers
Many motorcyclists who have suffered brain injuries during an accident are not even aware of the trauma committed to their brains. They may feel perfectly normal and be unaware of any blackouts or loss of consciousness during the incident. When they forgo testing for a TBI, they will then develop symptoms weeks or months later. At this point, the damage has already been done, and rather than preventing the progression of a neurological disorder, doctors must focus on helping the victim live with the result.
Traumatic brain injuries are separated into two categories. The mild forms of TBI include concussions and minor swelling inside of micro tears formed in the brain. The symptoms manifest in the form of temporary headaches, dizziness, difficulty remembering events, inability to concentrate and mood swings. Most mild TBIs are temporary and the victim is able to return to normal cognitive functioning. Severe TBIs can have lifelong effects, however, which include the following.
- The loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes at the time of injury and memory loss that is not recovered after 24 hours.
- Falling into a coma for any length of time.
- Impairment of higher cognitive function, such as the ability to concentrate, recollect past events, solve problems or communicate effectively.
- Slurred speech or the inability to form words. The victim may also need to relearn his or her language.
- Impairment of motor function. Some victims of traumatic brain injuries have difficulty moving their arms or legs and this can result in partial or total paralysis. Whether or not the victim will recover the ability to walk depends on the severity and type of injury and each prognosis is different.
- Psychological disorders such as mood swings, depression or anxiety.
- Neurological conditions that impact the victim’s ability to lead a normal and productive life. Many victims are unable to return to their jobs and require ongoing care for the rest of their lives.
The Cost of Living with a Brain Injury
Our Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers have noticed that the families of motorcycle accident victims are impacted just as heavily as the victims. The need to assist a family member with day to day tasks can create stress for the entire family and professional therapy and rehabilitation can cost a fortune. All of the following costs need to be considered when determining just how much compensation is needed to allow a victim to lead a happy and healthy life.
- Whether the victim can return to his or her work. Loss of income only exacerbates financial stress and the value of the victim’s financial contributions to his or her family needs to be considered.
- The amount of occupational and physical therapy the victim will need to undergo. There are ways for victims of traumatic brain injuries to adapt and relearn many of the skills that they lost due to their injuries, but the recovery process can be long and varies with each case. Rehabilitation can be cost prohibitive.
- How much assistance is required to help the victim live comfortably. Caring for a patient who is paralyzed or unable to care for himself requires the constant attention of a family member or professional caregiver. This can limit the ability of the family to earn income if they choose to assume these duties.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, it is important to request early screening for a traumatic brain injury. When detected early, doctors are able to take more productive measures to limiting the extent of an injury. Nobody who has been injured due to the reckless actions of another should be forced to shoulder the financial burden of their care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is dedicated to ensuring that every motorcycle accident victim is able to receive the care he or she deserves while still being able to afford it.
Contact us to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified and experienced Chicago motorcycle injury attorneys to learn more about your legal options and what we can do to ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful physical and financial recovery. Our access to a comprehensive network of medical specialists allows us to connect you with the finest professionals so that you receive first class care and our promise only to collect a fee when we have secured compensation on your behalf ensures that you will never need to pay for our services if we fail to win or settle your case.