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Long-Term Impact of Concussions and Mild Head Injuries

16983166_s-300x245.jpg Concussions and other mild head injuries may seem like a relatively minor injury, but in reality, concussions are a traumatic brain injury that can cause serious medical problems and long-term health problems if they aren't treated properly. Concussions can be caused by a bump or jolt to the head, as well as a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions are often sustained in car accidents, falls, and sports activities. Although concussions and mild head injuries may not be life threatening, they have been linked with a number of lifelong medical problems, including depression, fatigue, sleep problems, and increased risk of stroke. In fact, the recent suicides of former football players Junior Seau, Dave Deurson and Ray Easterling have all been linked to long-term health problems from concussions. Moreover, a study out of the United Kingdom indicates that concussions and mild head injuries can result in brain damage that is still present one year after the injury. Researchers studied people with mild concussions, moderate concussions, and no brain injury. All participants took thinking and memory skill tests, as well as an imaging test to show brain cell damage. Those participants who sustained a concussion had thinking and memory test scores 25 percent lower than those of healthy people immediately after the injury. And although the thinking and memory test scores were similar one year after the injury, those with concussions still showed evidence of brain damage on imaging tests one year after the injury. Concussions and mild head injuries can be especially alarming for children since the brain is still developing, placing them at an increased risk for learning difficulties and other neuropsychological difficulties. Unfortunately, concussions seem to be on the rise for children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries for those persons under age 19 rose 60 percent from 2001 to 2009. In some rare cases, a concussion can result in a dangerous blood clot on the brain. You should contact your doctor or visit the ER immediately if you or your child experiences any of the following signs and symptoms after suffering a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:

What Are Statutes of Limitations and How Do They Affect Personal Injury Cases?

10337597_s-300x225.jpgStatutes of limitations are the time limits on when a legal claim can be filed and, as such, they are incredibly important to personal injury cases. If an injured party fails to file a personal injury lawsuit, or accept an insurance settlement, within the applicable statute of limitations, he or she will lose the right to pursue a claim for money damages. The applicable statute of limitations varies depending on the jurisdiction, the defendant, and the cause of action. In Illinois, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. In the case of medical malpractice, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date that the patient became aware of, or should have become aware of, the medical error. If a personal injury accident or medical error results in death, however, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the decedent's death. Many times, an injured party will receive a settlement offer from the negligent party's insurance company, and there are several things to consider when deciding whether to accept the insurance settlement or file a personal injury lawsuit. First, insurance settlements are subject to policy limits, which means that the settlement offer may not adequately compensate you for your injuries. Additionally, insurance companies are in the business of generating profits so they often try to settle claims quickly and for as little money as possible. Moreover, because insurance settlements can only compensate the injured party for medical expenses and lost wages already incurred, they often do not include compensation for future medical expenses or lost wages that might be incurred because of the accident. A personal injury lawsuit, on the other hand, allows a judge or jury to award compensation for all damages - including current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress - without being subject to insurance policy limits. Moreover, you will be able to pursue multiple causes of action against multiple defendants by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Because statutes of limitations play such a critical role in accident claims, you should consult with personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit.  If you fail to act in a timely manner, will lose your right to seek money damages in a court of law. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish focus on representing accident and injury victims, including those who were injured as a result of negligence. We will listen to your concerns, assess any legal claims, inform you of the applicable statute of limitations, help you determine whether to file a personal injury lawsuit and file the necessary legal documents. Contact our office at (312) 445-9084 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers.   Additional Information:

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