The Value of a Head Injury Case
The brain is arguably the most important organ in the body. While other organs can be repaired or even removed, the brain is critical for our survival. A serious head injury can vary from person to person. If the injury is serious and there is lasting damage, it can lead to reduction in the quality of life. If you have been injured, a New York City head injury lawyer can weigh out your legal options, and speak to the value of a head injury case. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance and a free consultation.
A head injury often involves a traumatic brain injury is caused by a serious impact of the head. According to the Center for Disease Control, head injuries are often caused by:
- Auto accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Trip and falls
Victims of a head injury can suffer a concussion, coma, or even death. Loss of consciousness is a sign of a serious head injury. Other symptoms can include:
- Fainting spells
- Diminished eye sight
- Memory loss
- Personality changes/irritability
- Hearing loss
- Numbness in hands and feet
Some symptoms will indicate a more serious head injury such as bleeding, skull fracture, scalp wound, pupil changes and slurred speech.
Diagnostic tests will need to be done such as CT scans, MRIs and x-rays. Any delay in treatment can have harmful or even fatal results.
If you have suffered a serious head injury due to the carelessness or negligence of another, it is important to speak with a New York City head injury lawyer from our team. The attorneys at Stephen Bilkis and Associates have decades of experience in handling New York City injury cases. Their reputation speaks for itself. The last 200 successful jury trial or settlements have all been in excess of one million dollars ($1,000,000). It's hard to argue with results like that. Come in and speak with their attorneys for guidance.The Value of a Head Injury Case
This is a common question that doesn't have a quick answer. The value of a head injury case will depend on the amount of your damages, or losses you have suffered because of the injury.
Medical Expenses: Your medical expenses are part of your damages. If you have been seriously injured you probably have very high medical costs. You have a right to be compensated for these. This includes all hospital bills, doctor's visits, surgeries, medications, for instance. Depending the type and severity of your injury, this amount alone can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Because of this, it is important to consult with a head injury lawyer that is experienced with New York City cases.
Lost Wages: You are entitled to be compensated for the time you have missed from work because of your head injury. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may not be able to return to your former position, or may be unable to return to work at all. Regardless, this amount of money can be reimbursed as part of your damages award.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering: It goes without saying that if you have suffered a serious head or brain injury, you have endured emotional and physical pain and discomfort. While no one can adequately put a price on your pain, in New York the court will calculate a reasonable amount based on your specific circumstances.
Insurance Considerations: Insurance is a critical component to a personal injury award. The policy limits involved can impact your award significantly. If for instance, the policy limit for the case is one million dollars, you may not be able to collect an amount in excess of that. Your lawyer however, will look for other policies that may exist, such as an umbrella policy.
The following are recent examples of verdicts for similar personal injury cases in New York and around the country:
$1,325,000 Jury Verdict: Fatal collision caused by negligent driver. Victim died from injuries.
$10,800,000 Jury Verdict: Ten-year-old boy dies after traumatic brain injury.
$15,000,000 Jury Verdict: Traumatic brain injury from collision with 18-wheeler.
Suffering from a serious head or brain injury is a life altering experience. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, and the pain and suffering you and your family have endured. Contact an experienced head injury lawyer from one of our New York City offices. We have locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates for a free consultation at 800.696.9529.