Brain Damage - Closed Head Injury, Open Head Injury & Organic Head Injury


Hoey & Farina, P.C.
Personal Injury Lawyers / Wrongful Death Attorneys


A young father went to the ER. The hospital staff thought the young man appeared to be drunk so they refused to admit or treat him. Because of the hospital staff's failure to recognize his behavior as signs of a possible traumatic head injury or subdural hematoma, the young father died from his head injury.

A high-school student was brushed by a car, fell backwards and hit his head. The student was examined in an ER. Aside from a bump on his head, he was fine. A serious accident had been avoided. At least that’s how it seemed at first. Over time, however, the student’s grades dropped and his personality changed. Because of the "slight" accident, he was never the same person again. Doctors determined the student suffered an ‘organic head injury.’

Hoey & Farina successfully represented both families in these very different, and very difficult, brain injury cases. It is important to understand that a brain injury can be caused by many things. A brain injury can affect people very differently. One thing that is true with any brain injury is that quick diagnosis and medical treatment is critical!

Brain injuries can occur due to many things, including:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Car Accidents
  • Work Accidents

Brain injuries may involve:

  • Closed Head Injuries - result from blows to the head, but do no penetrate the skull.
  • Open Head Injuries - an open wound and skull fractures.
  • Organic Brain Syndrome - mental changes, but not psychiatric disorders.

It is important to recognize signs of a possible brain injury. Signs of a brain injury may include:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Altered Sleep
  • Confusion
  • Mood Changes / Combativeness
  • Headache
  • Blurred Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea Or Vomiting
  • Amnesia Or Memory Problems
  • Limb Weakness

Brain injuries can have serious and permanent results, such as:

  • Nerve Damage
  • Paralysis
  • Memory Loss
  • Personality Changes
  • Seizures
  • Temporary Coma
  • Permanent Coma (Vegetative State)
  • Brain Dead


Blood clots, bleeding on the brain or swelling of the brain left untreated or unrelieved can cause serious and permanent brain damage. If a brain injury is suspected, a CT Scan can give doctors a clear image of any potentially life threatening problems. Doctors can quickly determine if surgery is required to relieve intracranial pressure caused by bleeding or brain swelling or if coma inducing drugs or anti-seizure medication should be provided.

The road to recovery from a brain injury is often long and requires a great deal of rehabilitation, especially when memory or mobility has been affected. Rehabilitation, too, needs to be started as quickly as medically possible to achieve the best results. Rehabilitation begins at the hospital and continues at a rehabilitation clinic.

Throughout treatment at the hospital and rehabilitation clinic, an equally important factor necessary in the healing process is the support of family and friends. By being there and by educating yourself concerning brain injuries, you can help your loved one or friend achieve the best recovery possible from a traumatic brain injury.


If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, call a respected Chicago personal injury lawyer and Illinois brain injury attorney at Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212 or complete this form for your free consultation. Hoey & Farina represents clients throughout the United States.


542 South Dearborn Street
Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Main: (312) 939-1212
Toll Free: (888) 425-1212
Fax: (312) 939-7842
Representing clients throughout the United States.


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