Orland Park Brain Injury Attorney

Head Injury/Brain Damage in Illinois

Head injuries can be as mild as a bump, bruise (contusion), or cut on the head, or can be moderate to severe in nature due to a concussion, deep cut or open wound, fractured skull bone(s), or from internal bleeding and damage to the brain.

Head injuries are also commonly referred to as brain injury, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), depending on the extent of the head trauma.  Mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death.

Over the years, head injuries have risen dramatically, with over 1.5 million injured per year – with over 50,000 of those dying. Over five million Americans are alive today who have had a head injury and now need help with the activities of daily living.

Causes of Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body. The degree of damage can depend on several factors, including the nature of the event and the force of impact. Injury may include one or more of the following factors:

  • Damage to brain cells may be limited to the area directly below the point of impact on the skull.
  • A severe blow or jolt can cause multiple points of damage because the brain may move back and forth in the skull.
  • A severe rotational or spinning jolt can cause the tearing of cellular structures.
  • A blast, as from an explosive device, can cause widespread damage.
  • An object penetrating the skull can cause severe, irreparable damage to brain cells, blood vessels and protective tissues around the brain.
  • Bleeding in or around the brain, swelling, and blood clots can disrupt the oxygen supply to the brain and cause wider damage.

Most Common Events Causing Brain Injury

Vehicle-related collisions. Collisions involving cars, motorcycles or bicycles — and pedestrians involved in such accidents — are a common cause of traumatic brain injury.

Falls. Falling out of bed, slipping in the bath, falling down steps, falling from ladders and related falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury overall, particularly in older adults and young children.

Over the years, I have worked with some of the finest, most qualified brain injury specialists in the country in obtaining full compensation for my clients who were seriously injured from brain damage as a result of truck accidents, motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Contact me today for assistance.

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James A. Payonk, Jr.

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10705 W 159th St.
Orland Park, Illinois 60467

(708) 633-6005