TBI does not always show up on standard medical tests. Medical breakthroughs are being made every day, and today’s advanced technology allows doctors to detect and treat previously undetectable TBI.
That also means that TBI can be proved in court so that you can get the compensation you need to pay for the best treatments and have the best hope of a full recovery. However, you need to work with an attorney that understands brain injury and has experience with brain injury cases in order to gain access to the right specialists and tests.
Some TBI survivors will need a life time of round-the-clock supervision and care which can add up to millions of dollars in medical expenses. While the best treatments come at a high initial price, they are the best chance for a full or partial recovery and a reduced need for long-term care. In fact, the right treatment could even mean that you will be able to return to your career and, best of all, a full and normal life with your family again.
Living with TBI
The outward signs of TBI are not always clear and visible. Symptoms can be elusive, and most TBI survivors have good and bad days. This is confusing to victims and their loved ones. It can make it impossible to hold down a job, even when the good days are very good.
Radical personality changes, unexplainable emotional outbursts, and even violent blackouts can be frightening for TBI survivors and those around them. It is even more frightening when TBI has gone undiagnosed.
More than half of all TBI survivors will develop epilepsy, putting them at risk for more accidents and injuries.
TBI can also affect your ability to concentrate and your memory. Some of these problems can be offset by learning coping skills. Many people get back to a normal way of life by implementing elaborate reminder systems.
No Brain Injury Is Mild
If you have been told that you suffered a “mild” brain injury, do not be misled. When the term “mild” is used it is referring to the rating on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This scale measures the initial assault on the brain and basically tells you how long you were out. It has nothing to do with the severity of the long-term damage to your brain. Even a “mild” brain injury can have devastating long-term consequences.
If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, please contact the experienced Chicago brain injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., serving the Chicago, Illinois area. We can help you and your family get on the road to recovery. Complimentary consultations are available!