Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury occurs when a violent blow or jolt to the head results in the destruction of brain cells. Such a jolt or blow could happen in a car accident, pedestrian accident, bicycle accident, a slip and fall accident or truck accident. An object that pierces the skull can also cause traumatic brain injury. A brain injury can be mild or severe. If the injury is mild the effects may be temporary and may not affect the victim's ability to perform everyday activities. However, if the injury is severe, meaning that there is bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain, the victim may experience long-term problems and even death. In some cases the victim of a traumatic brain injury also suffers another serious injury such as broken bones, internal injuries, or a spinal cord injury, making recovery even more difficult. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury because another person was negligent, contact an experienced Bronx Brain Injury Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other expenses related to your injury. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your brain injury may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.

Common Causes of Brain Injuries

A brain injury can be caused by a number of different accidents or incidents. Common causes of brain injury include:

  • 35.2% are caused by falls
  • 17.3% are caused by motor vehicle accidents
  • 16.5% are caused by blows to the head
  • 10% are due to assaults

While most brain injuries are cause by a hit to the head or an object piercing the skull, a brain injury can occur without any trauma to the head. For example, whiplash from an auto accident could result in a brain injury. Shaken baby syndrome is a type of brain injury that results from a baby being shaken severely. In addition, some brain injuries occur due a medical mistake when a doctor fails to follow accepted medical protocol.

Examples

In Reyes v. Mktg. Werks, Inc., 2013 NY Slip Op 30336 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2013), plaintiff Hermenegildo Reyes was struck by a truck. As a result of the accident Reyes suffered a traumatic brain injury requiring extensive treatment including years of physical therapy. In the case of Reeves v. 1710 Broadway, LLC, 2012 NY Slip Op 30200 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2012), plaintiff Kevin Reeves filed a lawsuit against defendant 1710 Broadway, LLC after slipping and falling on a set of stairs on the defendant's property. Reeves testified that there was water on the staircase. As a result of the fall, Reeves suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Signs of a Brain Injury

Those who experience brain damage may exhibit a wide assortment of symptoms, some of which may occur immediately after the accident, while other symptoms may not develop for days or even weeks after the accident. Signs of a brain injury can be physical, cognitive or emotional. They physical signs may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Loss of vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Clear liquids draining from nose and ears
  • Vomiting

The cognitive signs may include:

  • Amnesia
  • Short term memory loss
  • Disorientation
  • Poor Concentration

The emotional signs may include:

  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Personality changes
  • Changes in appetite
Recovering Compensation

A traumatic brain injury not only effects your health, but effects other aspects of your life as well. You may not be able to enjoy activities with your family and friends in the same manner as you did prior to the accident that caused your injury. You may not be able to work and earn an income. Lack of income, coupled with mounting medical bills may cause you and your family financial distress. However, through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of your injury.

Bronx Brain Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a brain injury, contact an experienced attorney who understands both the legal issues associated with personal injury cases as well as the medical and emotional issues associated with traumatic brain injuries. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.

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