Illinois Brain Injury Lawyer

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) are among the most common causes of disability and death in the United States. Sadly, these devastating and potentially fatal injuries can result from construction accidents, car accidents, or any other event that deprives the brain of oxygen, either by neural damage or severe impact to the skull. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious traumatic brain injury, it’s crucial to take swift legal action. While financial compensation cannot reverse the injury or ever fully make up for physical and emotional suffering, it can help you and your family to move forward in the wake of a tragic accident. If you need guidance from a dedicated Illinois head injury lawyer, contact Stephen R. Martay, Attorney at Law today to arrange a free consultation. He has successfully represented many clients throughout Illinois for severe head trauma and can advise you on the best course of action for your situation.        

Traumatic head injuries can be life-altering, and the road to recovery can be a long and difficult one, full of astronomical medical expenses that may burden you and your family financially. Attorney Stephen R. Martay will represent you with compassion and understanding as you pursue the compensation you need and deserve.

If you’ve suffered a minor brain injury (or mild TBI), you may be able to get your medical expenses and other related costs covered by filing an insurance claim. However, if you’ve suffered a severe TBI that permanently impacts your quality of life or ability to work, which is often the case, you may have legal ground for a brain injury lawsuit. Either way, a traumatic brain injury lawyer can guide you through the process and fight aggressively on your behalf for fair, adequate compensation. If you’ve suffered a minor head injury or major head injury, don’t wait, get in touch with Stephen R. Martay today to discuss the details of your head injury case.  

Common Causes of Head Injuries

Any traumatic head injury can cause damages ranging from chronic headaches and fatigue to permanent changes in one’s regular behavior. The specific symptoms and severity of the damages will vary based on the cause and nature of the trauma. Some types of head injuries result more commonly from car and motorcycle accidents, while others result more commonly from workplace accidents such as falls. Common types of head injuries for which individuals may claim compensation include:     

Diffuse Axonal Injury

Diffuse axonal injury occurs when the brain shifts rapidly inside the skull due to violent shaking or other severe impact. The brain’s long connecting nerve fibers, or axons, are torn, which often results in serious injuries to many different parts of the brain. DAI can be caused by any number of incidents, including vehicle accidents, falls, and violent attacks. While severe, the damages inflicted are sometimes difficult to detect in an MRI or CT-scan. 


Cerebral contusion is essentially a bruise of brain tissue. Contusion is often caused when the brain collides with the inside surface of the skull from a direct blow to the head. This type of injury often leads to a long-term decline in mental function, characterized by memory loss, emotional issues, and/or inability to concentrate.  


A subcategory of contusion, coup and contrecoup injuries occur when the force of impact to one side of the head is so strong that it causes the brain to collide with the opposite side of the skull. The resulting damages from coup-contrecoup TBIs are almost always life-altering. They are commonly caused by falling objects. If you have been the victim of such an accident on a construction site or other type of work environment, Attorney Stephen R. Martay can help you pursue the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Stephen R. Martay Can Help You Recover Compensation for Physical Disabilities, Cognitive Loss, and More

Workers’ compensation and personal injury claims for head injuries can be complex. Furthermore, because head injuries often leave the injured person temporarily or permanently unable to work, they can cause significant financial devastation as well as physical and emotional damage. Don’t delay filing your workers’ compensation or personal injury claim—get in touch with Attorney Stephen R. Martay today. He will examine your case in detail and work tirelessly to secure you fair compensation for your future medical expenses and long-term care needs. 

The types of long-term damage that a traumatic head injury can cause include: 

Physical: Depending on which parts of the brain are injured, head injuries can cause lifelong physical disabilities or loss of physical function. They may prevent the individual from returning to the life he or she knew before the injury, and in severe cases, may even cause partial or total paralysis. Even mild brain injuries may cause life-altering impairments such as nausea or loss of balance and coordination.

Cognitive: Victims of head injuries often suffer cognitive losses that impact them for the rest of their lives. These can include mood swings, increased agitation, and even personality changes.

Sensory: Brain damage can reduce or completely destroy certain sensory perceptions such as vision, taste, and smell. Many head injury victims experience long-term symptoms such as blurred vision or constant ringing in their ears. 

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As a compassionate and dedicated head injury attorney, Stephen R. Martay understands just how devastating these losses and damages can be for both the injured person and his or her family members.

He is committed to securing the compensation you deserve, whether from the insurance company or the party responsible for your injury.

If your injury occurred as a direct result of another party’s negligence and causes significant losses, whether tangible or intangible, get in touch with an experienced head injury lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Stephen R. Martay, who has been assisting victims of head injuries in Illinois for over 11 years, can help you gather all the necessary evidence for a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim, and make sure the at-fault party compensates your family adequately for such a serious injury.