New York Personal Injury Attorneys Help Recover Compensation for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries
New York personal injury attorneys at Leeds Brown understand how a brain injury can devastate a family. The CDC reports that millions of emergency visits each year involve traumatic brain injuries. According to the New York State Department of Health, there are nearly 400 traumatic brain injuries each day in our state alone.
Many things cause brain injuries and the effects can range from mild to deadly. Falls, hits to the head, and traffic accidents are the cause of most traumatic brain injuries. If you are elderly, a child, a student athlete or a male, your risk of experiencing a head injury is greater than it is for others.
If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury, you may be able to hold someone responsible for the damage caused. By contacting experienced New York personal injury attorneys at Leeds Brown, you can find out what your rights are.
Whether you have been in a car accident, fallen on someone’s property, been assaulted or injured in a football game, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit for damages. Damages can cover things like medical expenses, the cost of ongoing care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our New York traumatic brain injury lawyers are compassionate and dedicated advocates who work tirelessly to obtain positive outcomes for all of our clients. Contact Leeds Brown to discuss your personal injury matter and allow us to help you determine the best way to proceed to secure the fair outcome you deserve.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is the term used to describe a brain injury caused by a bump or jolt to the head or a penetrating injury that disrupts normal brain function. A traumatic brain injury is not the same as an acquired brain injury, which is the term used to describe a brain injury caused by a stroke or lack of oxygen.
For example, if you slip and fall and slam your head into the floor, it may result in a TBI. If you are rear-ended by a motor vehicle, you may experience a TBI caused by whiplash or slamming your head into the steering wheel. During a sporting event, you be hit in the head by a baseball or tackled and suffer a TBI. Still other TBIs can be caused when someone violently assaults you during a fight or the perpetration of a crime.
Regardless of how you received your brain injury, the lawyers at Leeds Brown may be able to help you recover monetary damages. You may have a claim for medical malpractice or negligence against the person responsible for your injury.
Symptoms of a New York Brain Injury
A TBI may be mild or severe and the symptoms can be temporary or permanent. You may experience any number of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. The NY Department of Health lists the following common symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries:
- Ringing in the ears
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleep disruption-excessive sleep or restlessness
- Vision problems, double vision
- Slurred speech
- Impulsive behavior
- Avoidance of social situations
- Lack of motivation
- Extreme emotions
- Easily distracted
- Easily confused
- Difficulty paying attention, concentrating, focusing
- Lack of organization
- Inability to multitask
- Losing track of time or place
- Memory impairment
- Learning impairment
Any of these symptoms can be short term or long term. Either way, they can be dangerous and disruptive to the life of a child or an adult. Imagine the frustration experienced by a child who is suddenly unable to keep up with his schoolwork because of a concussion. Think of how hard it must be for a multitasking mom to suddenly be robbed of her ability to keep her family running smoothly or to perform at work. Just how long any of these symptoms will last depends on each specific case. Of course, there are plenty of brain injuries that cause permanent, life-altering impairment and even death.
When someone suffers from any kind of TBI, the harm to them and their family can be devastating. The physical and emotional toll of dealing with a victim of a brain injury can be tremendous. A TBI victim may need round the clock supervision, physical therapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy for days, weeks or years. It can become quite costly especially if the victim is the breadwinner and is unable to return to work for some time.
Contact New York Brain Injury Lawyers to File a Claim
Traumatic brain injuries don’t happen spontaneously. A blow or jolt to the head involves force. If you were hit by a car, injured in a fall or suffered some other kind of trauma, it is quite possible that someone acted negligently or in some other manner to cause your brain injury. If so, you may be entitled to collect monetary damages from whoever is responsible. Such an award may cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and money to compensate you for your pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
If you or someone you love has symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, it is important to seek medical assistance. After that, you may want to speak with the New York brain injury lawyers at Leeds Brown. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling personal injury claims and can help you determine the best course of action should you choose to seek compensation. Our track record of successful verdicts demonstrates just how hard we work for our clients.
Someone from our dedicated legal team is available to speak with you 24/7. Call us to discuss your injury and let us help you through this difficult time. You can reach Leeds Brown, the New York traumatic brain injury attorneys at 1-800-585-4658.