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Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Despite the long-term and potentially-permanent damage that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may cause, we are generally able to identify brain trauma with ease; it can be detected with standard CT scans and MRIs, and severe symptoms may include slurred speech, seizures, or vomiting. Despite these obvious signs and symptoms, some TBIs may not be as apparent and classified as “minor” or “mild” as a result, despite posing the same risks of long-term damage to the brain.

If you have suffered what was classified as a “mild” brain injury in an accident caused by the negligence of a third party, there are some important things to remember when seeking compensation. First, these types of TBIs are often difficult to prove to a jury; if the impact which caused the TBI appears to have been minor, this will hurt your chances, especially without diagnostic imaging as evidence. To overcome this, you will need a thorough and comprehensive case which highlights the obvious damage caused by your injury, and, should the case go to trial, “before” and “after” witnesses may be critical factors in your success. These witnesses – individuals who knew the victim before and after his/her TBI, such as friends and relatives – are often crucial in “mild” TBI cases, as they can attest to psychological symptoms such as irritability, memory loss, or changes in personality.

When a TBI cannot be detected by an MRI or CT scan, a doctor’s testimony will be nearly essential to earn compensation. It should also be noted, however, that these standard studies focus primarily on the brain’s anatomy, while “functional” brain scans, including PET and SPECT scans, may shed light on functional problems rather than structural. A positive functional brain scan, accompanied by “evidence of TBI-related cognitive, emotional, or physical symptoms,” may sufficiently prove the existence of a traumatic brain injury.

Litigation surrounding brain injury cases may seem intimidating, but if you have a dedicated, experienced personal injury on your side, you may rest assured that your case will be resolved and you will earn your just compensation. If you or a loved one is suffering from TBI-related symptoms due to an accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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