Long Island Brain Injury
A person suffering from a brain injury or a head injury can have their life drastically altered and may sustain permanent, debilitating symptoms. An injury to the brain can be mild, such as a brief loss of consciousness, or more severe, leading to a coma, permanent disability or death. The injury can be localized to a specific part of the brain, or in the case of extreme brain trauma, can result in overall, permanent damage to the brain. A brain injury is often accompanied by other serious injuries such as injury to the spinal cord or broken bones. If you suffered a brain injury that you believe was caused by another person's negligent or reckless actions, or that you sustained at work, an experienced Long Island brain injury lawyer who has the knowledge and resources to help you get the compensation that you deserve.Common causes of brain injuries
Any type of blow to the head, neck or face could lead to a serious brain injury. Typically brain injuries are caused by:
- Falls - Including slip and fall accidents and accidents a construction sites
- Car, truck, motorcycle and bike accidents
- Blows to the head by falling objects
- Criminal assaults
If you have any of these warning signs, you should see a doctor immediately. Severe trauma to the head or brain can leave the victim in a coma and can even lead to death if not treated immediately. Brain trauma may also result in permanent nerve damage, memory problems, cognitive difficulties, sensory and communication problems. Furthermore, it may cause you to be more susceptible to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, dementia, and disease, Parkinson's disease.Recovering compensation for a brain injury
A brain injury not only affects your heath, but will also affect your ability to pursue your career as well as your overall quality of life. Severe brain injuries can result in the following symptoms and issues.
- Memory loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Inability to enjoy hobbies and interact with family members
- Inability to perform daily household activities such as cooking and cleaning
- Inability to perform self-care activities
- Engage in child-like behavior
- Severely irritability
- Jumbled speech
- Unpredictable behavior
Furthermore, it can have a terrible effect on your family's finances. Because traumatic brain damage is often severe and permanent, you may be faced with medical expenses for the rest of your life.
Fortunately, as a brain injury attorney in Long Island will explain, by naming the person who caused your injuries a defendant in a personal injury claim you can demand compensation that will pay for your past and future medical bills. You may also be able to receive damages for your lost income and loss of future earning capacity. In order to succeed in your claim for damages you must present evidence that the defendant's negligence caused your brain injury and as a result you suffered a loss.
Many brain injuries occur in workplace accidents such as construction accidents, or work-related vehicle accidents. In such cases, the victim would not likely be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit. Instead, the victim of a workplace accident would have the right to benefits through workers' compensation. Workers' compensation benefits are somewhat different from the compensation possible through a personal injury lawsuit. Workers' compensation benefits are limited to medical expenses related to the injury and weekly cash payments. The cash payments are tied to the injured worker's lost income, but may not be a full replacement of the wages lost while recovering. The amount is based on the worker's average weekly earnings and is subject to a cap.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
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 experienced brain injury attorneys serving Long Island at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from 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.