Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries in Illinois
Lawsuits after life-changing accidents
When you or a family member has suffered a brain or spinal cord injury, the impact on quality of life can be enormous. Permanent disability may result, including paralysis, quadriplegia, brain damage or coma. If the injuries are the result of negligence, the Blumenshine Law Group will file a lawsuit to recover damages. The lifelong costs of caring for a person with brain or spinal cord injuries are greater than most insurance companies are willing to pay, and you need skilled legal guidance to receive adequate compensation.
Some brain injuries are acquired when the brain is deprived of oxygen, while others occur after a blow to the head.
Acquired brain injuries
When the brain does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen, brain cells can be permanently damaged. This type of brain injury may occur due to medical negligence, such as a delay in providing adequate respiration or the improper administration of anesthesia.
Traumatic brain injuries
A blow the head or a penetrating head wound can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), in which the brain itself is strained or torn. Falls and car accidents are the most common causes of TBI. Traumatic brain injuries include—
- Contusion. The brain is bruised.
- Concussion. The brain is shaken and cells function is disrupted.
- Coup-contrecoup. The brain strikes the front and back of the skull.
- Diffuse axonal injury. The nerves and muscle tissue of the brain are torn.
- Penetration. An object or bone fragment cuts into the brain.
A brain injury can reduce mental or physical abilities, and severe cases can lead to amnesia, blinding, coma or death. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Chicago about filing a lawsuit when you suspect that a brain injury was due to negligence.
Spinal cord injuries
When the spinal cord is damaged, the injury can cause lasting disability. Conditions resulting from spinal cord injuries include—
- Anterior cord syndrome. Weakened sense of temperature and touch.
- Central cord syndrome. Loss of arm function.
- Posterior cord syndrome. Impaired coordination.
- Paraplegia. Loss of use of the legs.
- Tetraplegia, also called quadriplegia. Full paralysis below the neck.
A standard medical insurance payout is unlikely to cover the expenses incurred after a spinal cord injury. If you were in an accident, seek legal assistance.
Let us help you get compensation for brain and spinal cord injuries
You need support when you or a family member has suffered brain or spinal cord injuries. If someone’s negligence caused the injuries, you deserve to be compensated. Our attorneys take on the negligent party’s insurance company and negotiate a settlement. If the offer is insufficient, we go to trial.
For a free consultation about your options, call Meyer & Blumenshine. We help people in Cook County and all of Illinois.