FAQ: Traumatic Brain Injury
For many parents in Illinois and throughout the country, few things are more frightening than learning that their child has suffered a traumatic brain injury. At Konicek & Dillon, P.C., we understand that this is a difficult reality to face and that parents likely have numerous questions about their child’s health, future well-being, as well as their legal options for ensuring their child receives appropriate care and that negligent parties are held accountable.
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It’s important to note that even “mild” TBI injuries are complex and can take months or years to resolve. Furthermore, each case is different and presents its own challenges.
Below are a few common questions we hear from our clients regarding TBI followed by some general answers. For more comprehensive information tailored to you, your family and your case, call us and schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyers.
What are some symptoms of a brain injury?
Depending on the type of injury, the symptoms may be subtle or quite obvious. Furthermore, it may be difficult to spot signs in a young child as he or she may be unable to express himself or herself as clearly as an adult. Some common symptoms may include:
- Swelling of the head
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Complains of headaches, confusion or an inability to concentrate
- Ringing in the ears
- Memory loss
- Problems with balance
What are some common causes of brain injuries in children?
Everyone knows kids take tumbles every now and again. But any blow to the head can have serious consequences. Below are some of the most common causes of TBI in kids:
- Birth injuries
- Slips and trips
- Sports-related injuries
- Car and other type of accident injuries
What types of tests and treatments might be necessary?
Brain injuries can be difficult to detect. Some tests that may be undertaken include:
- CAT scan
- Diffuse tensor imaging (DTI)
- Neuropsychological testing
- Hormone/Pituitary testing
- Blood tests
How can an attorney help our family?
As a parent, you want to make sure your child receives the necessary care and treatment. As your attorneys, we want to ensure you have the resources to make that happen. We can hold negligent parties accountable, pursue maximum compensation to cover your child’s immediate and long-term medical expenses, and ultimately see that you have access to all necessary treatments and therapies as well as financial resources to properly provide for your child’s needs.