Brain Injury Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois
Below are some frequently asked questions about brain injury to help you better understand what it is and what to expect when you hire an attorney.
What is traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury is any injury that results in damage to the brain, including blows, jolts and penetration of the skull.
What are the symptoms of traumatic brain injury?
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury vary and may include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Mood swings
- Difficulty sleeping
The symptoms of traumatic brain injury can be extensive and may not be noticeable immediately after an accident. It is important to see a doctor whenever you have sustained a head injury, even if you are feeling okay.
What are the lasting effects of traumatic brain injury? (CDC)
Traumatic brain injury can cause both short and long-term effects, such as:
- Memory problems
- Changes in taste, touch or smell
- Difficulty communicating
In severe cases, traumatic brain injury can cause permanent disability, including epilepsy and coma.
What is the statute of limitations to pursue brain injury compensation?
In most cases, a victim has up to 2 years from the date of their injury or the date they should have reasonably recognized their injury. The statute of limitations is different for minors and highly nuanced. An experienced brain injury lawyer can help you understand the time restraints on filing a lawsuit for brain injury compensation.
I’ve been offered a settlement. Why do I need an attorney?
As in many personal injury cases, insurance companies often try to settle early, offering victims far less than they need and deserve. An attorney can help you evaluate the true extent of your injuries and the impact those injuries are likely to have on the rest of your life so that you don’t settle for less than you deserve. In fact, personal injury victims who hire an attorney have been proven to recover greater compensation than victims who do not hire a lawyer, even after attorney fees are factored in.
How expensive is it to hire a brain injury lawyer?
At Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd., we provide legal representation for brain injury lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless we successfully resolve your case through settlement or verdict. We also offer free consultations to make our services as accessible to as many people as possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury that was caused by another person’s negligence, recklessness or purposeful intent, contact Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. today. We will put over 30 years of experience to work for you as we fight for the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled.