Belleville Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Belleville Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Skilled legal help after head and brain injuries in Illinois

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a complex and life-altering consequence of accidents or incidents that can happen to anyone, anywhere. At Glisson Law, our experienced team of attorneys is committed to advocating for individuals and families who have been affected by TBIs. We understand the profound physical, emotional, and financial challenges that accompany these injuries, and we're here to provide the legal support and guidance you need.

Our dedicated team of Belleville brain injury attorneys is committed to advocating for TBI survivors. With 25 years of experience, we understand how to handle these types of claims and want to help. If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI because of another person’s negligence, put us on your side. We have achieved multi-million dollar settlements and results for our clients. Call us today to find out what we can do for you and your family.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Per the CDC, “there were approximately 223,135 TBI-related hospitalizations in 2019 and 69,473 TBI-related deaths in 2021. This represents more than 611 TBI-related hospitalizations and 190 TBI-related deaths per day.”

The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines a traumatic brain injury as follows:

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a forceful bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, or from an object that pierces the skull and enters the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI.

Some types of TBI can cause temporary or short-term problems with normal brain function, including problems with how the person thinks, understands, moves, communicates, and acts. More serious TBI can lead to severe and permanent disability and even death.

Are there different types of traumatic brain injuries?

There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries. The severity of a TBI can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms can vary depending on the extent of the injury.

Some of the most common types of TBIs include:

  • Concussion. A concussion is a mild TBI that does not cause any structural damage to the brain. However, it can still cause symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Contusion. A contusion is a bruise on the brain. It can cause more serious symptoms than a concussion, such as memory loss, seizures, and coma.
  • Diffuse axonal injury (DAI). DAI is a more severe TBI that occurs when the brain is shaken violently. It can cause widespread damage to the brain, leading to coma, disability, and death.
  • Subdural hematoma. A subdural hematoma is a collection of blood between the brain and the dura mater, which is the outermost layer of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It can cause symptoms such as headache, confusion, and seizures.
  • Epidural hematoma. An epidural hematoma is a collection of blood between the dura mater and the skull. It can cause symptoms such as headache, seizures, and coma.
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage. An intracerebral hemorrhage is a bleed within the brain tissue. It can cause symptoms such as headache, vomiting, and seizures.
  • Brainstem injury. A brainstem injury is an injury to the brainstem, which is the part of the brain that controls essential functions such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including coma, paralysis, and death.

The treatment for TBI will vary depending on the severity of the injury. Mild TBIs may not require a great deal of treatment, but more severe TBIs may require hospitalization and surgery. Rehabilitation therapy may also be needed to help the person recover from their injuries.

What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries?

The symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Mild TBIs may not cause any symptoms, while severe TBIs can lead to coma or death.

Some common symptoms of TBI include:

  • Headache. This is the most common symptom of TBI.
  • Dizziness. This can be caused by a loss of balance or coordination.
  • Nausea and vomiting. These symptoms can be caused by the brain's reaction to injury.
  • Confusion. This can range from mild to severe.
  • Memory loss. This can be short-term or long-term.
  • Difficulty concentrating. This can make it hard to think clearly or follow instructions.
  • Slurred speech. This can be caused by damage to the nerves that control speech.
  • Vision problems. These can include double vision, blurry vision, or loss of vision.
  • Personality changes. This can include changes in mood, behavior, or emotions.
  • Fatigue. This can be caused by the brain's need to rest and heal.
  • Sleep problems. This can include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms after a head injury, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. The sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of a successful outcome.

Who is liable for my Belleville traumatic brain injury?

Liability for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Belleville, as in other personal injury cases, depends on the specific circumstances of the incident. Several parties may potentially be held liable for a TBI, including:

  • Negligent individuals. If an individual's negligent actions or conduct led to the accident that resulted in your TBI, they may be held personally liable. This could include situations such as car accidents, slip and fall incidents, or assaults.
  • Employers. If your TBI occurred while you were working, your employer may be liable, especially if the injury resulted from unsafe working conditions, inadequate training, or failure to provide proper safety equipment.
  • Property owners. In cases of slip and fall accidents or other incidents on someone else's property, the property owner or occupier may be liable if their negligence, such as failure to maintain safe premises, contributed to the TBI.
  • Manufacturers. If a defective product or piece of equipment caused the accident leading to your TBI, the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of that product may be held liable under product liability laws.
  • Medical professionals. In cases of medical malpractice that result in a TBI, the healthcare provider responsible for the negligence, such as a misdiagnosis or surgical error, may be held liable.
  • Government entities. If your TBI resulted from hazardous road conditions, inadequate signage, or other factors related to government-controlled property or infrastructure, the government entity responsible for maintenance may be liable.
  • Other potentially liable parties. Depending on the specifics of your case, there may be other parties whose negligence contributed to your TBI, such as contractors, manufacturers of safety equipment, or third parties involved in a workplace incident.

Determining liability in a TBI case can be complex and may require a thorough investigation to identify the responsible parties. It's essential to consult with a skilled personal injury attorney who can assess the circumstances of your TBI, gather evidence, and pursue compensation on your behalf. An attorney can help protect your rights and guide you through the legal process to seek the appropriate damages for your injuries and losses.

How much is my Belleville traumatic brain injury claim worth?

The value of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) claim can vary widely depending on the specific facts of the case. However, some general factors can affect the value of a claim, including:

  • Severity of the injury
  • Cost of medical expenses
  • Amount of lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Liability of the other party
  • Illinois laws

If you have suffered a TBI that wasn’t your fault, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and options. Your attorney can help you determine the value of your claim and can help you file a claim for damages.

It’s important to note that the value of a TBI claim is ultimately determined by a jury, if the case goes to trial. The jury will consider all of the factors mentioned above when determining the value of the claim.

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Do you have a traumatic brain injury attorney near me?

Glisson Law is located at 111 East Fourth Street, Suite 400, in Alton, IL. We’re only a block away from City Hall, and there is plenty of parking across the street. There’s also a bus stop right outside our office. Glisson Law conducts phone and video conferences when applicable, and makes home and hospital visits if you cannot travel to us.

Belleville, Illinois brain injury attorneys on your side

Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. A TBI attorney from Glisson Law can help you understand your legal rights and options and fight for the compensation you deserve. We will review the facts of your case and help you understand your legal options. We will also fight for your right to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer now, call or fill out our contact form.