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Types of Personal Injury – Concussions

Head Injuries


Some head injuries are obvious after a fall or an accident. There may be visible bleeding, bruising, or other indications of an injury. However, when an individual experiences a concussion, there may be no immediately noticeable symptoms.


A concussion is caused by a hard blow to the head or any other bodily trauma that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Some patients experience dizziness, pass out, or are unable to remember what happened just prior to the accident, while other individuals appear uninjured. Nevertheless, concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that may result in serious disability and even death.


Treating A Concussion


When an individual experiences any type of serious trauma or accident, there is always the possibility of a concussion. Therefore, it is important that he or she be evaluated by a medical professional after any such incident—even if they feel fine at the time. Most people will fully recover from a concussion within hours to days, providing they don’t do anything to exacerbate the condition. After a concussion, the brain is more sensitive to damage, so the patient must avoid any activity that may put them at risk of further injury.


The brain is a soft organ surrounded by spinal fluid, which in most cases, keeps the brain cushioned against injury from banging against the skull. However, when a serious trauma causes the head to jar suddenly, the brain may sustain damage. In most cases, patients recover fully after sustaining a concussion. However, in rare cases, concussions cause permanent, serious and debilitating problems, including difficulty moving, speaking, or learning.


Concussions and Personal Injury Claims


Whenever you suffer an injury, there is always a risk of permanent injury. Head injuries can be particularly dangerous, as they often affect the brain. If you or someone you love has experienced serious head trauma due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you may have a right to seek compensation. Furthermore, if you were injured, and the medical professionals that treated you did not recognize a concussion that turned out to cause serious complications, you may have a medical malpractice claim.


At Shea Law Group, we have handled hundreds of injury cases, and many involving concussion injuries. If you would like the benefit of working with an experienced and dedicated Chicago personal injury lawyer, give us a call and speak with a member of our legal team at (877)-365-0040 today—we are here to help.