Chicago (MarketWire) March 26, 2010 – March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Passen & Powell, a leading Chicago personal injury lawyer firm, has been writing and speaking on traumatic brain injuries the whole month to raise awareness of brain injury causes, symptoms, statistics and prevention.
“Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are sudden, devastating and life-changing events, but the effects of such injuries are generally not noticeable. TBIs are sometimes referred to as the invisible injury because the symptoms may take days, months or even years to fully manifest,” said Stephen M. Passen, founding partner of Passen & Powell.
“Our Chicago personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in this subject, and have engaged in a month-long discussion of traumatic brain injury, including nontraumatic brain injury, hypoxic-anoxix injury, cerebral palsy, and medical malpractice-induced brain injury to help raise awareness of this ‘silent epidemic.’”
Anyone can be a victim of a TBI at anytime. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1.4 million people, or 1 in every 300, sustain a TBI each year in the United States. Therefore it is critical that everyone know what TBI is, recognize the symptoms, learn how to prevent or mitigate such injuries, and understand the options available should they believe they their brain injury was caused by the negligence or malpractice of another.
TBIs are caused by a blunt trauma to the head – often a result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, explosions or other method involving a substantial amount of force directly to the head. Symptoms can appear as a variety of physical, cognitive and behavioral symptoms, including changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior and/or sensation. Additionally, a TBI can result in far-reaching social and developmental consequences; even a so-called “mild” TBI can result in long-term problems.
“If you believe that you or a loved one’s head or brain injury was wrongfully caused, we urge you to contact a top Chicago personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely evidence will ‘disappear,’ and you run the risk of losing your right to ever file a claim based on the statute of limitations,” said Passen.
To speak with a top Chicago injury lawyer regarding a potential legal action relating to a brain injury in Illinois or nationwide, call Passen & Powell at (312) 527-4500.
For additional information, please visit passen.wpengine.com.
About Passen & Powell:
Passen & Powell is a Chicago-based law firm representing individuals and families of those who have suffered severe, permanent, and catastrophic injury or death due to the negligence or malpractice of others. Their founding partner, Stephen Passen, is a top-rated Chicago personal injury lawyer with over 30 years of experience handling sophisticated and diverse personal injury cases in Illinois and nationwide.