New York Brain Injury Accident

Statistics report that up to 1.7 million people in the U.S. are involved in accidents that result in a serious brain damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control 52,000 of these people die (many of which are wrongful deaths); 275,000 are hospitalized for long periods of time; and 1.365 million suffer injuries which require emergency room treatment. While there are many types of injuries that a person can sustain in a construction accident, auto accident, slip and fall, or other types of accidents, a brain injury is one of the most serious. A person suffering from a brain injury or a head injury can have their life drastically altered and may sustain permanent, debilitating effects. A head trauma can be mild, such as a brief loss of consciousness, or more severe, such as permanent mental disability or amnesia. The injury can be localized to a certain part of the brain, or in the case of extreme trauma, can result in overall permanent brain damage. A brain trauma may also include other injuries such as a spinal injury, broken bone, or paralysis. If you or a loved one have sustained a brain injury as the result of an accident, it is important to speak with an experienced New York Brain Injury Lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Common causes of brain injuries

Common causes of brain injury include:

  • 35.2% are caused by falls, such as slip and fall accidents
  • 17.3% are caused by motor vehicle accidents
  • 16.5% are caused by blows to the head
  • 10% are due to assaults

For example, 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

While many people equate loss of consciousness with a serious head trauma, it is possible to be badly injured while remaining conscious. Signs to look for include:

  • One-sided neurological defect such as paralysis on one side of your face or body
  • Constant feelings of drowsiness, fatigue, or nausea
  • Seizures
  • Blurred vision, double vision or pupil dilation
  • Trouble with memory or concentration
  • Feelings of being light-headed or dizzy
  • Prolonged ringing in the ears
  • Radical changes in personality, mood or stress levels
  • Prolonged headaches
  • Slurred speech
  • Numb or weak extremities
  • Loss of motor skills, such as walking or feeding yourself

If you have any of these warning signs, you should see a doctor at once. Severe trauma to the brain can leave the victim in a coma, semi-conscious state, or vegetative state. Brain trauma may also result in permanent nerve damage, cognitive problems, sensory and communication problems. Furthermore, it may cause you to be more susceptible to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and dementia pugilistica.

Recovering compensation

A brain injury not only affects your heath, but will also affect your ability to work and your general quality of life. In addition, it can have a devastating effect on the finances of you and your family. Because damage from a brain injury is often severe and permanent, you may be faced with a lifetime of medical expenses.

Fortunately, through a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident that resulted in your injury, you can receive compensation that will pay for your medical expenses. You may also be able to receive compensation for your lost earnings and loss of earning capacity. Furthermore, the physical and emotional pain and suffering that you experience and that your loved ones experience are compensable losses as well.

New York 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 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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