Brain injuries can be devastating and life-altering. Often, they result in long-term, negative side effects that can not only interfere with every aspect of the victim’s life, but their families as well. If you’ve recently suffered a brain injury due to another person’s negligence, it’s important to understand your legal options. With over 30 years of personal injury law experience in Illinois, Joseph Younes is on your side every step of the way.
A brain injury is any damage (or pathologic change) to the brain. Brain injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including disease, trauma, toxins, infections, lack of oxygen, motor accidents, and more.
There are different classifications of brain injuries. This is based on the severity of damage that has occurred.
Below is a rundown of brain injury classifications:
This is when the injury is not expected to cause any long-term complications. However, this does not rule out the possibility of an emotional response, such as anxiety or depression.
This is when there is a significant amount of damage to the brain tissue. It can cause long-term cognitive problems, including issues with memory and attention.
These injuries are often fatal or result in long-term damage that will likely require extensive care, such as in a long-term facility or nursing home.
Brain injuries or brain damage that result in long-term or permanent damage are often referred to as “disabling brain injuries.” These injuries are often irreversible.
Sustaining a brain injury can be serious, and at times, life-threatening. Additional immediate and potential long-term symptoms include:
Representing 17% of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States car accidents is the most common cause. The severity of injuries is due to factors such as the speed and angle of contact. Astonishingly, even a minor automobile accident can result in significant and even, long-term damage.
Other causes of serious brain injury may include:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause more problems for you than just physical and mental damage. Though those who have suffered “severe brain injury” can claim Social Security Disability Benefits, studies have shown that only 42% of TBI survivors were employed three to four years after their injuries.
Generally, the length of time it takes to settle a brain injury case takes about a year. However, it may take longer or shorter in a specific situation, depending on issues such as severity and whether or not there is a lawsuit. Brain injury cases are typically lengthy and difficult to settle thus leading to lost wages.
A brain injury attorney who will help you through the process might be critical in helping you. It’s critical to find one who’s willing to handle your case for as long as it takes to settle.
With over 30 years experience as a personal injury lawyer in Illinois, Joseph Younes has the expertise to win your case so that you can focus on what matters most. From the moment you enter the office, you can guarantee that you and your case will be given the best care possible so that you can begin putting your head injury behind you.
Most brain damage cases typically settle for at least $100,000, according to a conventional estimate. It is not unusual for TBI cases to settle for more than several million dollars due to the brain’s great sensitivity and how devastating damage to it are.