As per U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a “bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” TBIs can be far more serious than that, though. They’re one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Motor vehicle crashes and falls are the two leading causes of TBI emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Getting hit in the head with an object is the third. Every year, more than 1.7 million people in the United States suffer some form of a TBI. If you or a family member have suffered a TBI in or around Lake County, you’ll want to speak with a Waukegan brain injury lawyer at Ryan Ryan & Viglione.
According to our Waukegan brain injury lawyer, it doesn’t even take a blow to the head to suffer a TBI. Typically, sudden and violent whiplash movements can cause brain tissue to tear, bruise, bleed or dangerously twist and swell. Swelling makes a TBI even more dangerous. The injuries are graded as mild, moderate or severe. They might be closed or open with bone fragments penetrating the brain. They might last for a few days or be fatal. A severe TBI is likely to require one or more surgeries and long-term care.
A severe TBI can be financially and emotionally devastating to a family. If you determine that legal action is your only alternative, arrange for a free consultation and case assessment with a Waukegan brain injury lawyer here at Ryan Ryan & Viglione. We will want to know what happened and how it has affected you and your family. You will have questions too, and we’ll be prepared to answer them. Then, we’ll be pleased to discuss your legal options with you.