If you've ever suffered trauma due to a lack of medical care or negligent care, you know that it can be difficult to live with and nearly impossible to reverse in most cases. If you've had to live with brain trauma or have a loved one who has suffered from serious brain damage or injuries, you probably have thought about suing for compensation. In some cases, seeking compensation is one way to help you recoup costs and to have the financial stability needed while you recover.
If you have been following the news in Chicago, you've probably heard about the brain injury cases that are now being settled by the National Football League. According to reports, the players may not have been well-informed about the potential brain trauma they could suffer from playing football.
If you've been attacked and hit on the head, it's not unlikely that you've sustained a brain trauma, whether minor or severe. Some brain trauma can be as simple as a slight concussion that quickly heals, but other cases aren't so simple. Seizures, aneurysms, and hematomas can result in irreversible damage that leaves you or a loved one without the ability to live a normal life. Chicago readers may not believe the brutality of this case that left a woman with severe brain damage.
The discussion surrounding brain injuries often points toward conditions like cerebral palsy or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. While these can be debilitating, there are other issues that are not regularly addressed, and they concern an injured individual's eyes. Brain trauma has the ability to dramatically alter a person's visual capabilities, and it has done so to many individuals. Problems include printed words running together, stationary objects seemingly moving and intermittent blurring when reading. All of these can be troublesome, especially in a place like Chicago where words are everywhere: menus, computers, billboards, and street signs.
Researchers have been searching for a way to determine if an individual has experienced a traumatic brain injury for some time now. Throughout the U.S, many physicians may feel somewhat helpless when a person comes into the emergency room with a brain injury. This is due to the fact that doctors must rely on personal or eyewitness accounts of the injury, as well as symptoms that vary across the board. Brain trauma is a very tough thing to diagnose and if a physician does not diagnose the patient properly, she or he may be put at risk.
A lawsuit recently filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois alleges that the National Hockey League is responsible for the wrongful death of former player Derek Boogaard. He was 28 when he died. During his six seasons with the NHL, he played for the Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers. After his death, it was determined that he had sustained severe brain trauma throughout his career. This brain trauma--allegedly caused by the many fights he was involved in on the ice--may have led to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment that could have contributed to his death.