Can my family bring a lawsuit on my behalf if I am in a coma following a Chicago brain injury?
It is possible that a lawsuit can be initiated on your behalf if you are in a coma following a Chicago traumatic brain injury. However, a proper determination should first be made by a Chicago brain injury attorney.
A coma is a medical condition where the victim has suffered severe and widespread brain damage. The patient becomes unconscious and is unaware of their surroundings. The Chicago head trauma patient in a coma is also unresponsive to outside stimuli. The coma may be temporary or permanent.
An experienced Chicago brain injury lawyer will evaluate the potential claim to determine whether a family member should go to court to be appointed the legal guardian over the coma victim. Typically, a legal guardian can initiate a lawsuit. However, there may be other factors which support waiting to initiate suit. These may include:
- Waiting to understand the full extent of the victim's damages
- Waiting to see whether the victim emerges from the coma
- Whether the statute of limitations has begun to toll or is due to expire in the near future
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