Bronx Head Injury
If you suffer a serious injury to the head, there is a good chance that you will suffer brain damage. A head or brain injury can leave you permanently injured and your life will be forever changed. For example, a head injury can lead to chronic headaches, blindness, deafness, and dementia. According to the Centers for Disease Control each year over 1.6 million people suffer accidental or in some cases intentional head trauma that is serious enough that the victims suffer brain injuries. Sadly, over 50,000 die as a result. Because the vast majority of these head injuries are caused in accidents or by intentional acts of violence, they were avoidable. If you or someone you care about suffered an injury to the head that you believe was caused by another person's negligence or intentional act, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney who will help you recover compensation for your losses.Causes of head injuries
While falling down is the leading cause of injuries to the head, head injuries occur in variety of types of accidents. For example, a worker at a construction site may suffer a head injury by a load falling from a crane. A passenger in a car could receive a serious head injury in a head-on collision. Victims of motorcycle accidents or bicycle accidents frequently suffer severe head injuries even when they wear helmets. In fact, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of deaths from head injuries.Recovering compensation through a personal injury claim
A head injury will affect not only your physical health but also your ability to work, your finances and your ability to enjoy life. Fortunately, if your head injury resulted was caused because another person was negligence or because someone intentional hurt you, you may be entitled to a number of types of compensation.
- Medical Bills: Medical bills include fees associated with the emergency room, hospital stay, surgery, visits to your doctor and specialists, medical equipment, prescriptions and rehabilitation.
- Loss of Income: Loss of income includes loss of your paychecks as well as loss of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other types of compensation and benefits that you missed.
- Pain and Suffering: Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount will be based on the seriousness of your injuries and the costs of the treatment. For injuries that leave permanent damage your pain and suffering award is likely to be greater than if you completely recover from your injuries. For example, 53-year-old Linda Sanchez was driving her car when a large piece of concrete fell on her car, smashed through her windshield and hit her in the head. Sanchez suffered a several injuries to her face, head and brain. As a result her doctors determined that Sanchez suffered a great deal of pain and will experience chronic pain in the future. Sanchez was awarded $100,000 in damages for past pain and suffering and $375,000 for future pain and suffering. Sanchez v. State, 2008 NY Slip Op 52659(U) (N.Y. Ct. Cl. 5/16/2008)
- Wrongful Death: If the a family member passed way as a result of the accident members of his or her family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. The claim can include reimbursement for medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of future income.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that resulted in a head or 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 serious injuries to the head. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced representing clients who have been sustained head injuries and other types of injuries in auto, truck, motorcycle, boat, and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.