Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Experienced In Pedestrian Accidents

In a November 1, 2016 post (“Jeep Strikes Pedestrian In Naperville Following Loss Of Control“) a Naperville pedestrian accident was summarized.  In that accident, the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a Jeep whose driver apparently lost control of her vehicle.

The pedestrian, later identified as Melanie J. Setterbo, 37, of Joliet, suffered what was at the time was considered to be life-threatening injuries.  She died from those accident injuries on November 5.

An excerpt from the November 15, 2016 Naperville Sun article titled “Pedestrian dies of injuries in Naperville crash“:

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman said Setterbo died Nov. 5 of “a traumatic brain injury, due to being struck by a motor vehicle.” An autopsy and toxicological testing will not be conducted in the case, which has been “finalized, the spokeswoman said.

While this accident happened as the pedestrian was walking away from the roadway (on the parkway), pedestrian accidents often happen as people are walking within crosswalks, or otherwise at intersections.  Pedestrian accidents are notable in many regards, and injuries can be severe in nature.  Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as that experienced in the Melanie Setterbo accident mentioned above, have been seen in many Chicago-area pedestrian accidents.

On this site, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often discussed, with individual accidents involving head trauma seen in posts listed in the “head injuries” category.  Head trauma is especially concerning as, depending upon the characteristics of the injury, it can lead to a variety of short- and long-term adverse health consequences and impairments, and in some cases death.  There are various types of head injuries, with different types of symptoms and outcomes.  As the symptoms of head injuries may not immediately become apparent just after a head impact – even in cases of serious head injuries – it is recommended that any significant head impact be immediately assessed by a medical professional.


Should you or someone you care for experience injury or other harm in Illinois, please contact the Elman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss the situation and to see if filing of a personal injury lawsuit is warranted.

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